Posted: 04/12/2014 at 21:54
Lots of different views on this.....as you will soon see Phil.
however, I would use it now.
Mulching is to conserve moisture....for this ideally applied in spring on moist soil. However, it will still help to conserve moisture if applied now, helps protect soil over winter and provides a certain low level of nutrients
I mulch in autumn .....saves time in spring when time is short and esthetically looks good when larger areas of bare soil are seen and exposed.
However, it does slightly delay plant growth in spring I think by denying early sun rays on the soil ......soil warms up a little more slowly.