Should I cover with mulch?
I just moved into a home and the previous owners had not raked the pine needles in years and not only created poor drainage in the yard but have provided a home for ants. I've got about a third of property raked and have uncovered more than two dozen massive ant nests. I'm taking all the precautions to rid the yard of the ants but now I'm nervous to put mulch in the yard and in the bed in along the front of my home. Is it ok to leave bare or is it necessary to mulch? Behind my home is woods and I've discovered the ants I've displaced have moved to the edge of the woods.
I have listed a few links for you to address some of your concerns.
Some years ants can be more of an issue then others.
I do like the benefits of Cedar Mulch, as it can deter some insects.