Fresh cedar chips and new plantings

Asked April 4, 2015, 8:34 PM EDT

We are planting new blueberry bushes in our new garden area. We would like to spread fresh cedar chips in the same space to keep back weeds and grass after laying down landscape cloth. Will the new cedar chips hurt the new blueberry bushes? Or should I leave a 2 foot wide edge and put something else around the new bushes?

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Mulching blueberries has several benefits. Mulching keeps down weeds, keeps the soil cool and conserves moisture. There is some controversy about using cedar for mulch because cedar is aromatic and these compounds may inhibit growth. This article on garden myths - about 2/3 of the way down - discusses this. Most articles recommend pine shavings.
Blueberry plants are very attractive, the fruits delicious and even the fall color is great. This article, Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden has a lot of good information on everything you need to know.