If you’re bothered by fleas, ticks, and other yard and garden pests including snakes then you will benefit from adding 100% natural cedar mulch to your garden beds. This mulch has a pleasing aroma derived from the natural oils and the chemical thujone is found in the cedar mulch.
This summer I did mulch my gardens with cedar which is derived from cedar trees. Since there are snakes in my area as well as ticks, fleas, red ants, and termites I wanted to try a natural pest control and found on the first day that the cedar mulch repelled a rather large snake from my yard.
I was putting down mulch in my grass garden and the aroma from the cedar mulch was strong. A snake emerged from the rock wall and was moving fast. The snake fled my yard rather quickly and went back into the woods.
Other Cedar Mulch Benefits
Cedar mulch is also good at repelling other insects, moths, ants, termites spiders and cockroaches so it would be good to put a layer of mulch close to your foundation and add a layer of mulch in your crawl space to keep the snakes and other pests away.
Add a layer of cedar mulch to container gardens to repel pests and to also keep the soil most as container gardens tend to dry out quickly.
If you have a dog house put a layer of mulch under and around your dog house to repel fleas, ticks, spiders. Stop the pests from getting in the house and on your dog.
Where to Buy Cedar Mulch
I bought cedar mulch at Lowe’s Home improvement store and I would think every garden center would carry cedar mulch but if you are unable to find it you could also buy cypress mulch. 100 % natural cypress derived from the tree also has the natural oils and the chemical thujone that repel garden pests.