Cedar has long been a popular material for organic garden mulch. It is produced and sold in a variety of sizes and grades. It is also produced in colored forms that are naturally tinted or artificially dyed. Cedar mulch is easy to apply and will break down and feed the soil over time boosting the quality of the soil. Cedar mulch can be used in beds, borders, ringed around trees and used on paths, walkways and even gentle slopes.
Traditonal Cedar Mulch
The most common cedar mulch is shredded into roughly 1/2-inch to 2-inch pieces and is purchased by the truck load in bulk by the yard or commercial bags for use in smaller areas. It has a stringy, shaggy form and golden to reddish color that oxidizes to silver grey over time. It is used in beds, borders and very commonly in pathways and gentle slopes.
Fine Cedar Mulch
Fine cedar mulch is shredded twice reducing the particle size to between 1/4 inch and an inch in length. Made from the same wood as regular shredded cedar the double processing creates a velvety, darker and almost compost-like consistency between the larger shards of cedar. It is used to give a more refined and tailored appearance to rose beds, garden borders and tree skirts. Though it starts out looking darker in color than roughly shredded cedar it too will age to a silver grey.
Colored Cedar Mulch
Some manufacturers of cedar mulch have begun to spray or tint their products in colored hues for those people that want a little additional color in thier garde or do not like the natural silver hue that cedar takes on over time. The most common are reddish colors which makes it appear a bit like redwood bark mulch. For more modern landscape applications slightly blackened cedar mulch provides a dramatic contrast to green and flowering plants.