I'm a novice gardener who has inherited with my new house/yard
some patches which for many years have been buried beneath a
blanket of oak and maple leaves. On removing these leaves, I find bare
soil. I've begun planting a few shrubs and perennial flowers, but it will
obviously take years to fill it out. I take inspiration elsewhere in the
yard, where I have an old and established rock garden.
Is it best to mulch the bare spots, filling them in over the course of
several years as I decide what would grow well and complement the
developing garden. I figure that the mulch would both be decorative
and protect the ground from straying weeds. On the other hand, it
seems like it might interfere with future planting.
My goal is a full perennial garden.
When is mulch the right thing to do?