I’ve cleared an area, about 1/5 acre, which has about 20 native trees. The site is elevated and windy. I would like to mulch the entire area and have the followings questions:- Do I need to use a landscape fabric under the mulch?- How deep should the layer be?- Would you recommend bark mulch or wood chip mulch?
Better to underplant with shade-loving plants. It can be as simple as ivy on the ground, or use a range of plants or allow wild plants to re-establish and just cut them down in summer with a brushcutter each year. A couple of hours’ work at most.
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