Mulching is a good practice in any garden or edible landscape as its ability to retain moisture, protect the soil from the hot sun or harsh winter winds, and from erosion due to rain pelting it. But why not find a way to make it easier on yourself by planting more plants that create mulch as they grow?
How wonderful would it be to dump your coffee grounds or tea leaves
in a patch of bamboo and watch the bamboo turn that into more culms, and, as those culms grow in and shed their protective sheath, you watch mulch magically
appear without all the hauling and huffing?