Is landscape cloth under a thick layer of mulch necessary?
I'm planning to mulch around my fruit "patch" (about 30 feet by 12 feet) with bark mulch, but I'm debating on whether I need to lay down landscaping cloth first. My thought is that as long as the mulch is thick enough, I shouldn't need the cloth. But, also, I don't want to be picking weeds out of the mulch. So, better safe than sorry and use the cloth under the mulch? Or should I go cloth free?