What type of mulch, again?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by RTallday, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. RTallday

    RTallday LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    Just a quick mulch question here. I am bidding out a landscaping job for one of my customers and he had a termite problem. HAD is the key word here. I was wondering what kind of mulch might be better to use there that would'nt attract them again. Thanks!!

  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    Cypress or eucalyptus is less likely to attract termite. However termites don't usual like mulch of any kind. The import point is keep in below the wood framing of the building so any mud trails can be seen. Anytime wood construction touches ground you are asking for termites.
  3. RTallday

    RTallday LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    Ric, thanks for the reply. I guess ill just go with good old cypress. The termites have been taken care of, but i just don't want to chance being at all responsible for another infestation.

  4. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    Never had any type of insect problem with any type of mulch.
  5. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    Neither have I..........
  6. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Termites don't like mulch of any kind?
    Hmmm,I can throw a rock in one of my beds and I will guarantee termites under it at the end of the week.
    I'm going to stone because of it.
  7. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Cedar Mulch repels terimites, correct? I remember i lived in a house that had a ceder closet and the walls leading up to the closet were toasted full of those dang things, but they stayed completely away from the closet. Plus I think Cedar Mulch looks a little better than Cypress Mulch. Just my personal thoughts.
  8. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    Not exactly repel, but close. Termites don't like aromatic woods like cedar and cypress. The also tend to oly infest hardwood if some nice soft pine is not around. Termites will live under mulch because it's wet and warm. Their two favorite things.
  9. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Mine too!:D :p :D :p
  10. prizeprop

    prizeprop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    you could do everything right and the landscaper is always responsible. The painter cleaned his brushes on the lawn-- oh, that damned landscaper he fried our lawn with fert. kid next door broke window- oh, your crew was the only ones here and it wasnt broke before. you guys know what im trying to say, right?

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