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Cedar Mulching: How It Works and Why You Should Consider It

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The sweet scent of cedarwood fills the air as you enjoy exploring your property after having it cleared of cedar and underbrush, leaving mulch around trees and on hillsides. Cedar and brush mulch is excellent for the environment, and it brightens up the landscape. Mountain Cedar trees, also called ash juniper, are not native to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Southern Missouri. The plant thrives in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6-9. They grow about 30 feet tall in Central Texas. Although horticulturists considered them to be invasive weeds, cedars that spread in low forests and thickets are perfect for grinding, chopping, and shredding. 

Ecological Improvements

Removing cedar from woodland and forest areas helps other trees to survive. This is especially true during Texas droughts. Because of their thick and varied root systems, cedars don’t need much moisture, but they will still absorb about 100 gallons of water per day. That's water that neighboring trees need to survive. Oaks and other native trees and plants lose out when the rain falls — cedars are greedy! They grow in rocky soil, and their thick canopies keep water from hitting the ground when skies finally do open up. Tree removal can be a big job, but mulching fragrant cedar wood is a perfect way to protect the environment. Grinding and chopping cedar trees for mulch allows hardwood trees like oaks and maples to grow and spread. Native plants in Texas thrive when overly invasive species are thinned or eliminated. In Austin alone, there are 13.3 million cedar trees — the most of any kind.

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Cedar Fever?

It’s called “cedar fever,” but this allergy doesn’t actually produce a fever. Cedar fever is an allergic reaction for some people who are sensitive to pollen from mountain cedar (Juniperus ashei) flowers that bloom in Central Texas. Those affected have the typical allergy symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, headaches, and sinus pressure. The symptoms are easily confused with the common cold.

Why Cedar Mulch?

The reddish-brown shredded and chipped wood has a sweet-to-spicy aroma. It conserves water and prevents soil erosion and allows for grass regrowth if the mulch is not too thick.

The biggest advantage of cedar mulch is that it takes a long time to decompose, so it won't rot as quickly as other kinds of wood chips and shreds. It's best used on slow-growing plants, trees, and shrubs but not in vegetable gardens. The wood adds much-needed nutrients to the soil. The color and scent of cedar discourage some insects from hanging out in the yard. It repels moths, carpet beetles, cockroaches, termites, and certain kinds of ants, for example. The scent also bugs mosquitos. In fact, cedar oil is a common ingredient for many mosquito repellants.

Removing cedar trees from your property sooner than later will keep them from becoming overbearing and tearing up the land. Mulching with cedar bark and wood chips puts the beauty back into your property after you’ve removed the beast.

Teri Silver is a journalist and an avid outdoor enthusiast.

Cedar Eaters

We are based in Kerr County near Comfort, TX, however, we provide land clearing services in all of the Texas Hill Country as well as North Texas, South Texas, and Central Texas. Below is a list of counties that we frequent.

Texas
(Austin County, Atascosa County, Bexar County, Bandera County, Blanco County, Burnet County, Bell County, Bosque County, Brown County, Bastrop County, Burleson County, Brazos County, Brooks County, Bee County, Comal County, Caldwell County, Colorado County, Coryell County, Comanche County, Coleman County, Concho County, Callahan County, Coke County, Crockett County, Dimmit County, Duval County, Dewitt County, Denton County, Collin County, Edwards County, Erath County, Eastland County, Ellis County, Frio County, Fayette County, Falls County, Freestone County, Gillespie County, Guadalupe County, Goliath County, Gonzales County, Grimes County, Hidalgo County, Hays County, Hood County, Hill County, Hamilton County, Irion County, Jim Hogg County, Jim Wells County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Jack County, Jones County, Kleberg County, Kendall County, Kerr County, Kinney County, Karnes County, Kimble County, La Salle County, Live Oak County, Lavaca County, Llano County, Lee County, Lampasas County, Limestone County, Maverick County, McMullen County, Medina County, Menard County, Mason County, McCulloch County, Mills County, McLennan County, Milam County, Palo Pinto County, Parker County, Real County, Refugio County, Runnels County, Starr County, San Patricio County, Sutton County, Schleicher County, San Saba County, Somervell County, Stephens County, Shackelford County, Travis County, Tom Green County, Taylor County, Throckmorton County, Val Verde County, Victoria County, Wilson County, Wharton County, Washington County, Williamson County, Wise County, Young County, Zapata County)

Oklahoma Counties
(Comanche, Cotton, Grady, McClain, Stephens, Jefferson, Carter, Love, Murray, Pontotoc, Johnston, Marshall, Bryan, Atoka, Coal)

New Mexico Counties
(Union, Harding, San Miguel, Guadalupe, Quay, Curry, Roosevelt)

We will travel anywhere if the job is large enough. If you have a small job we will typically nest small jobs together in order to cover as much ground as possible within our current service area.

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