Cedar Blend Mulch Longevity

Q: I used to use cypress mulch for its longevity properties but my mulch supplier has switched to cedar blend mulch. Does cedar blend mulch have equivalent longevity in flower beds? 

A: Pure cypress mulch will last longer than cedar blend mulch. Cedar blend is composed of shredded cedar or juniper trees plus material from other types of trees. This “non-cedar” material will decompose faster than pure cedar or cypress mulch. You might have to purchase a bit more mulch than you did previously but cypress mulch is problematic from an environmental perspective so I prefer the cedar blend product.

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