How to Use Cedar Mulch on Veggie Plants


Mulching is a simple way to suppress weeds in the garden while helping to insulate plant roots. Cedar mulch is used around vegetable plants because it insulates the plant's roots during the winter and keeps them from drying out during the summer. Cedar mulch is also beneficial around veggie plants because its strong odor has been known to deter insects. You can use cedar mulch around plants like tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, melons and squash to prevent them from getting water spots from being on the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Cedar mulch
  • Garden gloves
  • Knife
  • Ruler
  • Wait until after it rains to mulch around your plants. After the mulch is laid the moisture in the ground will be trapped around your plant’s roots allowing your plant to soak up the water before it is evaporated.

  • Gently pour the cedar out of the bag into a pile close to your garden. Break up any clumps with your hands.

  • Loosely lay the mulch around your plants. Leave about a 1-inch gap around your plant’s stem and the mulch. Piling mulch against the stems of the plants can burn them.

  • Spread the mulch in layers around the plants. Spread layers of mulch over the first layer until the mulch is 2 to 3 inches thick.

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