If I compost, do I need to add hardwood mulch?
I recently added a layer of brush compost on top of my flower bed and bushes. My next plan was to add a layer of hardwood mulch on top. I am a novice and have been told that hardwood mulch should be added to retain moisture and that the decomposing wood would add nutrient to the plants.
My wife however wants really black color mulch. The only mulch I can find that fits this description is this stuff call Black Satin Mulch and Scotts Natural Scape black. I am guessing that both are dyed.
The compost actually looks pretty black already, so I wonder if I can just skip the the mulching part? Is the compost enough for "moisture" retention. Keep in mind I have both bushes and flowers.