To Mulch or Not to Mulch

We have all heard of the advantages of mulching, such as controlling weeds. Have you ever heard the saying nature abhors a vacuum. Another way of saying this is bare ground won’t be bare ground for long. Something is going to grow there. Instead of mulching or waiting for weeds, why not plant more plants? Or why not plant native ground covers because they are good at, guess what, covering the ground with something growing.

Mulching prevents good aggressive native plants from seeding themselves, one of the great joys of growing plants. Plants have a way of moving (by seeding themselves) where they want to grow. Mulching may make the ground too wet and prevents those volunteer seeders. Who wouldn’t prefer looking at plants rather than wood chips or pine needles?