A tip for Dog Owners when mulching from F. A. Hobson Landscaping:
Cedar mulch is not toxic to dogs. The main benefit of using cedar mulch is its reputation as an insect repellent. This is due to its main oil compound, plicatic acid. Plicatic acid has also been shown to have some SHORT LIVED flea repellent benefits. If mice and other yard pests bring in fleas, cedar won’t be much help after a couple of months. Cedar mulch is a nice-smelling, attractive option with few benefits for dogs. However, if you have a dog that likes to dig and chew – ANY mulch may cause vomiting and diarrhea if too much is ingested. If the cedar mulch is too chunky – gastrointestinal obstructions can result. In addition, the chunkier mulches are more attractive for dogs to use for digging and going to the bathroom. If you like cedar mulch, be sure to use a finely shredded variety.
Want to keep your pet from digging it your mulched area? Some suggestions that may help to prevent pets from digging include: spraying the mulch with garlic water or bitter apple spray OR laying down metal mesh at the soil level of the garden (under the mulch).
If you have any questions – Call the experts at F. A. Hobson Landscaping at 410-739-6800. Let us show you how we can make your property the best that it can be…!