How to Use Cedar Mulch in the Garden


Cedar mulch is organic mulch made from shredded cedar chips. Like all mulches, it helps conserve soil moisture, prevents weeds and insulates the roots of plants from heat and cold. Its strong scent also acts as an insect repellent in the garden.

Step 1

Place buckets or pails over smaller plants in your garden to prevent mulch from showering down on them. Work on one area at a time and move the buckets to new plants as you proceed if you do not have enough buckets for all of your plants.

Step 2

Shovel the mulch into a wheelbarrow, then dump it in a pile in your garden. Push the mulch around the plants with your hands. Spread more cedar mulch until the area is covered by a layer 2 to 4 inches thick.

Step 3

Rake the surface of the mulch to spread it evenly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow the cedar mulch to touch the stems of plants or the trunks of trees. It could cause decay.

Things You'll Need

  • Large buckets
  • Cedar mulch
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Gardening gloves
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Landscape fabric (optional)


  • Cedar Mulch
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.