Cedar mulch is one of the most popular mulch types. In this article, we will compare this type of mulch with others and consider its main advantages. So, cedar mulch is famous for its stability, protection against weeds and insects, the ability to maintain temperature and give plants nutrients. Let's talk about these pros in more detail.
Cedar mulch, unlike bark mulch, consists of small pieces. Over time, it crushes even more. These small pieces, joining together, form some kind of rug, dense enough to withstand wind and rain. Thus, in a situation in which the weather destroys the larger mulch, the cedar mulch will stand still and protect your plants. This advantage is especially useful in regions where precipitation, wind, and storms are frequent.
But even if nature pleases you with good weather every day, there are still dangers to your garden. Of course, weeds are one of them. Cedar mulch prevents weed growth in two ways. Firstly, with its dense cover, it deprives them of the sunlight that is necessary for growth. If the mulch is applied quite deeply, it will not let the weed seeds germinate at all. Secondly, cedar has a specific natural aroma that weeds do not like.
Another danger - insects - is almost completely neutralized with cedar mulch. Of course, the whole thing is in the aforementioned smell of cedar. While other organic mulch, on the contrary, attracts insects (crickets, termites, cockroaches), cedar mulch scares them away! Practice shows that most pests do not tolerate its aroma and avoid living in it.
Of course, temperature itself is not a danger. But its sharp changes that affect the soil are dangerous for plants. Due to the natural light color of cedar mulch, it maintains the soil temperature for a long time. In other words, in the hot summer, the soil and plants in it will remain cool. And they will not freeze in the frosty winter.
However, cedar mulch can not only protect your plants from the harmful effects from the outside. It can provide them with nutrients! The secret is that such a mulch crushes over time and naturally decomposes. Cedar mulch decomposes quite quickly and supplies organic matter to the soil to enrich it.
Applying the Cedar Mulching to the Flower Beds for Perennials:
It is very useful to use cedar mulching in winter to protect perennial flowers. However, it is very important to do it right. Mulching has its own rules, and if you do not stick to them, you can only harm the garden. Here are some tips to get the most out of cedar mulch during the cold season.
Apply cedar mulch after the frost lasts 2-3 days in a row. You need to stretch it from 4 to 5 inches to provide better protection. It is better to remove the mulch in the early spring. Try to pull it away from perennials gradually and carefully. Also, it's very important to choose favorable moon days for garden landscaping.