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I’ve been using purchased,  no float cypress mulch on the strawberries in my Earthboxes for years. It works great and doesn’t blow away like straw. I expanded my berries to a 6’x12’ bed and two 30’ rows in the garden. I just spread 8 bags of mulch and got to thinking it has an odd smell. The package says cypress and other natural ingredients. No cautions or anything.  This mulch was a lot fresher than it usually is. I’m hoping this is just the smell of fresh cypress.  Does anyone know if cypress has a a piney but almost chemical smell? I emailed the company. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow. If it’s got chemicals in it, I want to start raking it up. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t but I’d sure like to confirm that.
 
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Cypress here, that I've cut does have a pine/medicine smell when it is fresh. The stuff will also sour if it was green wet when bagged up.

I have used bagged mulch many times and none of what I used said it was treated in any way.
That doesn't mean there aren't some types that have been, but since they want to sell a lot of product it would not be in their best sales numbers interest to treat any mulch.
 
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Thanks! That makes me feel a lot better. I guess I’ve never smelled it fresh before. It’s not native here, so I’ve never cut one.

It really works a lot better than straw. It’s cheap too. 4 bags for 10.00 at Sutherland’s.
 
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