Cedar Mulch

I have about a gallon of fine cedar mulch from some plants I ordered. I won't throw it away, but want a good use for it.

I keep finding conflicting information about it, but most agree that it will kill all insects, decreasing pollination. It will make soil acidic if it is not aged right after processing, said another.

I wondered about using it around My asparagus. Will it harm new growth next year? Any help would be appreciated.


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,516 admin

    I'm not sure about asparagus. I've never had any luck with it.

    However, I think it would make really good mulch for blueberries, huckleberries or any other Ericaceae family fruit. These plants all grow in the Interior Cedar Hemlock zone around some of our bigger interior lakes. I've found some of the best blueberry patches growing in cedar forest. I wouldn't use it on really young plants but it should be just fine on older plants.

    I have read that haskaps may benefit from cedar mulch, too. Their wild cousins, black twin-berries, grow in the same ICH zone.

    It will help with insect control around the base of plants but I don't think it would affect any of the flying pollinators as they are usually well above the bottom of the plant.

  • nicksamanda11
    nicksamanda11 Posts: 721 ✭✭✭✭

    Good idea.