ground cover alternatives for raised beds
Last year I had a soil compaction issue with my raised beds (it was my first year using raised beds), complicated by a very dry growing season. To alleviate this it was suggested I cover the ground with 2" of natural cedar mulch which worked keeping the soil beneath moist.
Recently I learned that use of cedar mulch is frowned upon by some, the reason I'm not sure of. What other alternatives do I have for ground cover? Straw?