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Hot Topic! Termite infested mulch from Hurricane damaged wood!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by FrankenScagMachines, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    I copied and pasted this that my grandpa sent me he found it on better homes and gardens. Don't know how you all get your mulch (i'm sure most like myself buy in bulk) and I don't know where your suppliers get it, but I know that my supplier makes their mulch on site and they are in the lumber business they only buy NATIVE only lumber so I will be fine.

    Not only can you use this knowledge to protect your customers but also as a selling point to warn other potential mulch customers not to do it theirself, as they will likely buy bad mulch and you know where yours originates.

    "Subject: FW: Dangerous Mulch

    Better Homes and Gardens discussion site

    If you use mulch around your house be very careful about buying mulch
    this year. After the hurricane in New Orleans many trees were blown over.
    These trees were then turned into mulch and the state is trying to get rid
    of tons and tons of this mulch to any state or company who will come and haul it away. So it will be showing up in Home Depot and Lowes at dirt cheap prices with one huge problem; Formosan Termites will be the bonus inmany of those bags. New Orleans is one of the few areas in the country were
    the Formosan Termites has gotten a strong hold and most of the trees blown
    down were already badly infested with those termites. Now we may have the
    worst case of transporting a problem to all parts of the country that we
    have ever had. These termites can eat a house in no time at all and we have no good control against them, so tell your friends that own homes to avoid
    cheap mulch and know were it came from.

    Here's the link:
    Click here:
    http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/environment/insects/Termites/formosan_termites/
    "
     
  2. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    I'm sure there could be a lot of good discussion stem from this so on with the talk! I may not get too involved in it as I don't have much to say or time to say it but I figured this could be a hot topic with mulching right around the corner, or for some of us, just now starting.
     
  3. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    right your late on this hot topic by a few days..Frankin
     
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    whoops sorry thats what i get for not checking the renovation forum. My bad. Ok Jodi if you want u can delete this post..... sorry for the trouble.
    Eric
     
  6. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Posts: 188

    Eric

    Thanks to you (and your Grandfather) for giving us a heads up on what could make some unhappy customers for us all.

    Thanks again

    Wayne
     

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