Mulching with Cedar Chips - Knowledgebase Question

Charlotte, NC
Question by mwithers4
September 11, 1999
Is there any problem to put decorative red cedar chips as groundcover in a garden which has mature ornamental shrubs and flowers?


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Answer from NGA
September 11, 1999

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Generally speaking a layer of a few inches of organic mulch such as cedar chips is a good idea as it helps suppress weeds, moderates the soil temperature and helps it retain moisture. It will also help "feed" the soil as it decomposes. Cautions would beto be careful it does not touch the plants as this can invite rot. You should also be aware that the mulch can "tie up" some of the nitrogen in the soil so you may need to apply some additional nitrogen fertilizer to compensate for this during the growing season.

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