Live mulch was a practice that is gaining ground in the landscaping industry. Thomas Rainer, a landscape architect in Washington, D.C., who designed projects for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the New York Botanical Garden, devoted his keynote address to the concept at Pacific Horticulture’s Changing Times, Changing Gardens summit in Santa Rosa, California.
Landscape professionals are embracing the idea of live mulch, saying this alternative is more attractive and better for the environment. Live mulch keeps the soil cool and moist. By adding a lushness to the landscape, it prevents unwanted weed seed development and washouts.