Mulch, they all do the job when it comes to the basics. Mulch will keep the moisture in the soil, keep the weeds down and mulch will give your landscape a nice finishing touch. Regardless of which type of mulch you choose, you should mulch. When choosing mulch, which is right for you? Every type of mulch has strengths and weaknesses, making it suitable for some situations and not others. Most mulches are organic while others, like rubber mulch, are inorganic. Each type of mulch has it's own characteristics such as color, texture, functionality and cost. And then, there is cedar, the sweet smell of cedar.
Cedar's distinct aroma is why many homeowners choose it as their "go to" mulch. The essential oils in cedar give off a long lasting scent, although the oils do degrade over time. But, there are a few things you should know about cedar mulch.
There are homeowners that swear that the essential oils in cedar mulch help repel unwanted insects such as termites and even mosquitoes. While that can be true, there are gardeners who feel cedar mulch discourages butterflies and other beneficial insects from entering the garden. Cedar also decomposes slower than other mulches which can be a good thing, especially for your pocketbook. On the other hand, a mulch which decomposes faster will add beneficial minerals and nutrients back into the soil. And, even though cedar mulch lasts longer than others, it's natural color will not, turning gray with time. In fairness, this happens with most all mulches. Finally, cedar mulch is slightly more expensive than other mulches. However, the price difference is not huge, and the benefits of longer-lasting, pest-repellent mulch may outweigh the minimal extra cost.
Well, those are just a few things to think about when buying any type mulch. Figure out what your needs are. Maybe you just want a manicured look to your landscaping, maybe you're mulching trees and bushes, a vegetable or flower garden, pathway or play areas. Each mulch carries its own function.
Sidenote: Lawn-Corps processes its cedar mulch on site with cedar brought in from local saw mills.