termite-resistant mulch - Knowledgebase Question

Richmond, VA (Zone 7A)
Question by yvonnebriggs
March 30, 2005
I love the look and smell of cedar mulch around my perennials. However, I have been told that any wood-chip mulch will attract termites. Is there an alternative? Thanks.
Yvonne - Central Virginia


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Answer from NGA
March 30, 2005

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There have been several studies made by universities throughout the U.S. with the general consensus being that termites will consume some bark mulches but tend to stay away from cypress chips. If the cedar mulch comes from heartwood, it, too, is somewhat resistant to termite feeding. Of course it's difficult to tell how much heartwood might be included in any batch of cedar. If it were my landscape and termites were a problem, I think I'd opt for cypress chips or use rocks as mulch rather than cedar.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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