Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:18
You grow azaleas so your soil is acidic. To mulch use acid compost, bark etc. You can grow some lovely plants there if you avoid alkaline mulches. There are plants that won't like your conditions......pinks for example, will hate it. A vast range of perennials, shrubs, etc that like acid soil can make for a fantastic garden
Test your soil to see how acid it is. Do this ASAP.
Have to disagree....as I consistently do...with using any membrane. Don't do this. It's awful stuff promoting awful, lifeless soil. It makes moving plants difficult too. Mulches do work well but make sure perennial weeds are eradicated first. Leaf mould, if homemade, is excellent but beware importing it.....it can bring in disease and pest.