How to Make Cedar Mulch

Overview

There are many types of plants and trees used for mulch, and mulch has many benefits for a gardener. Making your own mulch can be a rewarding experience and can protect your plants from weeds and excessive dryness. Cedar tends to hold in moisture a lot more than many other trees. Cedar mulch is used because it helps the ground retain more heat and moisture. It also provides a layer of insulation, holding in the heat that is already in the ground and protecting the roots against frost in the winter.

Step 1

Check with your local greenhouse to find the best type of mulch for what you want to grow. Cedar is said to be toxic to some plants and it is not recommended for all plants. It is also more expensive to buy than some other mulches.

Step 2

Estimate how many cubic feet of mulch you are going to need. Many gardens will need several inches of mulch on top of them, so it's important to make an estimate before you begin to buy or make your mulch.

Step 3

Find the trees you wish to use if you have decided on a type and wish to use wood chippings.

Step 4

Make pile where you can keep the tree limbs if you have pruned some trees in your yard.

Step 5

Use a chainsaw to remove limbs to prune the tree, or you can purchase already cut wood to use for your mulch.

Step 6

Make sure it is freshly cut wood and not treated with any type of chemicals, which can be toxic to your plants. You don't want them to decompose, so don't treat it like a compost heap. You can add leaf clippings as well, but again, don't allow them to get too moist or they could start to decompose.

Step 7

Rent a wood chipper once you have plenty of wood and other materials to make your own mulch.

Step 8

Make separate leaf mulch and wood mulch, if desired, or you can mix them together.

Step 9

Store the mulch somewhere that it won't get too moist after making your mulch. Plant your garden, then you can start putting your mulch on it. If you made separate leaf mulch, put this on first, then cover with a layer of wood mulch.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always follow the safety precautions because wood chippers can be dangerous if used improperly. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from any flying chips of wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Chainsaw
  • Wood chipper
  • Safety goggles

References

  • Make Cedar Trees Into Mulch!
  • Mulching Over Leaves
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About this Author

Charles Pearson has written as a freelancer since 2009. He has a B.S. in literature from Purdue University Calumet and is currently working on his M.A. He has written the ebooks "Karate You Can Teach Your Kids," "Macadamia Growing Handout" and "The Raw Food Diet."