Repel Pests With Homemade Cedar Mulch

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Natural cedar mulch will repel pests in your garden just as well as manufactured products.

In the eternal war of gardener versus slugs and bugs, my arsenal of sprays and poisons is a bit scary. During the annual trimming of various cedars, junipers and arborvitae trees, I hit on the idea of using those branches for mulch to repel pests, rather than using pesticides.

Instead of sending the branches to the landfill, I just ran them through a chipper/shredder and put the wonderful-smelling chips around strawberries, pumpkins, squash and other plants that pests love so much.

The pests are repelled by the smell of cedar mulch, as are moths that won’t go after clothes in a cedar chest or fleas that avoid a dog lying on a cedar-chip mattress.

Warren Johnson
Smithfield, Utah