How long does it take for cedar mulch to decompose?

DAViDXx asks: How long does it take for cedar mulch to decompose?
I added 3 large bags of cedar mulch to my garden this year. I’m just wondering how long it will take for the cedar to break down. Can I expect a fair amount of decomposition by next summer after it has sat through the snow? The reason I ask is because the soil was mainly clay when I started, and I want to make sure that there will be enough organic matter for next year.
Any advice as to how I can speed up the decomposition would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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Answer by oil field trash
Adding nitrogen and moisture will speed up the decomposition. That is why it is a good idea to add grass cuttings to a compost pile.

By the way, you usually use mulch to cover the bed and keep weeds down and the moisture content up. To add organic matter to the soil, you should use peat moss or compost..

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  1. Because of the large amount of tannic acid in cedar bark, it takes a few (cir.3) years to decompose. There aren’t many ways to speed it up that are safe. Water, 15-15-15 fertilizer, time.

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