[NAFEX] Orchard Mulch Revisited

tanis cuff tanistanis at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 11 11:01:13 EST 2004

My reaction to cedar/cedar bark mulches is "it can't be good", because half 
the landscaping w/ this loooks sick.  But, these are usually in sites w/ 
high pollution, high soil compaction, hot & dry, and high reflected sun.  
So, how WOULD it function in a nice yard?  I suppose if you can find mulch 
that isn't dyed w/ anything toxic, should be OK.  Hmm, what about as a 
disease vector?  I bet some google searches would yield both extn study info 
and anecdotals.

----Original Message Follows----
From: "Doreen Howard" <>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
Subject: [NAFEX] Orchard Mulch Revisited
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 15:42:19 -0600

In the lengthy thread on mulching fruit trees, I didn't see anything on 
cedar.  My question is "Is the extra expense of procuring shredded cedar and 
cedar bark mulch worth it?"  I've used cedar extensively on perennial and 
rose beds and see a marked decrease in insect damage.  I've read that the 
resin in cedar is an insect repellent.  Any experience with this?
Doreen Howard

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