So sorry for sounding like a complete novice... We're new gardeners and we're now fighting with weeds and have read that mulch is great for surprising weeds.
We're not massive fans of the look of bark chips, and have read that compost is also a good form of mulch - does this include the shop-bought (e.g. John Innes) types?
Another issue we have is that our border is mixed with a few azaleas which are in a line across the border - if I use compost I will need to use a different type around these - is there a certain way or distance that I should put the different compost around the azaleas as I don't want to kill them with the limey compost! Or can the other plants have the special compost too?
Thanks in advance!