mulching - Knowledgebase Question

Bradford, ME (Zone 5A)
Question by mcdonough389
September 6, 2006
I found a cedar mulch that resists pests and insects. Is it safe to put around my house?


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Answer from NGA
September 6, 2006

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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. Whatever you use, don't pile it up against the foundation and be sure to rake it away from the foundation periodically to check for ant nests or signs of termite feeding. Best wishes with your landscape!

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