Cedar chips are a very natural-looking type of mulch that blend in well with landscape beds in Troutdale. Cedar chips offer a wide variety of benefits including insect control, moisture retention, and temperature control. Some property owners are hesitant to use cedar chips in their landscape beds because they lose their color and repellent qualities relatively quickly. However, regular replenishing should remedy these minor issues.

Here at J&C Lawn Care, we install cedar chips for landscape beds in Happy Valley, Troutdale, and Gresham, OR.


Cedar chips repel insects due to the chemicals they release.

Cedar chips effectively repel insects due to the natural chemicals and oils that they release. The main insect-repelling chemical present in cedar chips is known as thujone.

Property owners love how cedar chips can repel a variety of insects including cloth-eating moths, carpet beetles, cockroaches, and certain types of ants.

With cedar chips installed in your landscape beds, you will enjoy an outdoor area with minimal pest invasion.

In addition to warding off pests, the natural oils present in cedar chips also emit a pleasant aroma. This smell is heightened especially after a heavy rainfall or when you water your landscape plants. Cedar chips offer a refreshing olfactory experience that other mulches do not provide.


If your soil tends to lose moisture quickly, cedar chips can help.

One problem that a lot of property owners run into is retaining the moisture of their soils. On particularly humid days, surface water on your soil has a strong tendency to evaporate.

Cedar chips effectively block your soil from the sun and minimize evaporation. This way, your soil will better retain a greater portion of its moisture. As a result, you won't need to water your Happy Valley landscape beds as frequently.


Cedar chips aid in your soil's temperature control.

Cedar chips in a Gresham, OR landscape bed.

If cedar chips are installed at the ideal thickness of around 2 to 3 inches, they will form an effective insulative cover for your soil. This is especially important for your plants during the colder months. With cedar chips in place, your plants will be better equipped to survive harsh winter conditions and avoid extensive frost damage.

Even with the cedar chips as an insulative cover, your plants' roots will still receive the moisture they need to thrive.


Cedar chips lose their color and repellent qualities quickly, but we offer regular replenishing services to combat these issues.

One of the perks of cedar chips is how they bring a clean and polished look to your property. Plus, they are more natural-looking compared to artificially dyed mulches.

However, one downfall of cedar chips is that they tend to lose their color and repellent qualities quickly. To combat these issues, our team at J&C Lawn Care performs regular mulch replenishing services. Typically, we visit your property once a year to lay down new mulch and restore the look of your landscape beds.


Do you want cedar chips installed in your landscape beds? Call us today.

The pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to installing cedar chips in your landscape beds. If you have decided that you want cedar chips installed in your landscape beds, call us today at (971) 284-2035. We offer the installation of cedar chips for properties located in and around Troutdale, Happy Valley, and Gresham, OR.