Cypress Mulch Pros & Cons

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For gardeners who live in cold areas, or want to protect warm-weather plants over winter, mulch is a very important tool. Although mulches come in a wide variety of forms, some mulches -- like cedar mulch -- have long-lasting popularity.

Features

  • Cedar mulch is ground material derived from the wood and foliage of cedar trees.

Mulch vs Chips

  • Cedar trees can also be chopped up into coarser pieces. These chips are used for landscaping rather than mulching.

Function

  • Cedar mulch is used as insulation against weeds, pests and cold weather. Gardeners pile layers of mulch around the bases of their plants, and maintain the mulch layer year-round.

Advantages

  • Cedar mulch has two major advantages over other mulches. The oil in cedar wood acts as a natural pest repellent, and gives cedar mulch a pleasing, evergreen smell.

Disadvantages

  • As a hard wood mulch, cedar mulch does break down over time. This decomposition can leach nitrogen from the soil and damage nitrogen-loving plants.

Considerations

  • Cedar's positive qualities only remain active for as long as the mulch is relatively fresh. As cedar mulch ages, the oil wears out, along with the scent and the pest-repelling quality.

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