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Mulch alternative?

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by LKS, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. LKS

    LKS New Member

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    Can anybody tell me something I can use as an alternative to mulch for our flower beds, etc.? We've had a terrible termite infestation last year due to mulch and do NOT want to repeat this experience. The house has been treated for termites, but we want to prevent this from happening again.

    Can anyone recommend a good solution?

    Thanks,
    Lisa
     
  2. gb10

    gb10 General Lurker

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    I've only heard about using grass instead. But, honestly, I'm not sure if you can buy bags of that like you can for mulch.
     
  3. Genco

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    We have used Pine Straw (needles) in the past and it worked really well.
     
  4. pauleyc

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    redwood, cypress or cedar mulches are termite resistant, you can also use leaf compost mulch. Look at the bank over by Giant in junction plaza. I think its a very attractive option but may not be as weed resistant.
     
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    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Cypress does not repel termites. That is an old wives tale. If you are laying mulch strictly for weed control, try using landscape fabric and top off with bark mulch or gravel.
     
  6. Tech Head

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    I would be curious where around here you can buy pine straw. It's very popular in the south, but I've had a hard time finding around here.
     
  7. Genco

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    I used to get it delivered via an online supplier www.pinestraw.com but I haven't in the last couple of years so I'm not sure if they are still around. It's a little pricey, but I'm sure there are other competitors. Since our neighbor is in the Boy Scouts we now just order mulch from them. I do prefer the straw over mulch any day.
     
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  9. LKS

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    Thanks for the responses! You gave us some great alternative options. Are they all allowed by the HOA?
     

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