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Old 04-18-2013, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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The 25 foot walkway leading to my front entrance is narrow approximately 2.5 feet and borders the foundation of my concrete stucco house from the side garage/driveway. The previous owner had heaped mulch about 6 inches that would have provided a great place for termites to gain entrance. Not long after we moved into the house I removed the mulch and used a few potted ornamental plants but now the bare earth between the pots is fostering a good crop of weeds. I know to use landscape cloth and was thinking about wash pebbles as mulch but this is south Florida and I know with a southern exposure the rocks will retain a lot of unwanted heat. I thought about rubber mulch but it too retains heat. I like the look of large pine bark mulch but wonder if that too would attract termites so I am back to rocks. Is there anything else I can do? any help would be appreciated.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I use mulch anyway, but I also have a termite bond on my house. What about planting a thick ground cover? I'm actually trying to get rid of monkey grass, but the stuff definitely prevents weeds.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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alsid,
I second the ground cover! Try to find an evergreen one, it will look nice, just something
that grows slow, buy quite a few of them, go to a local nursery and ask, a privately
owned one who knows about plants.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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If your house is a CBS house built to code - you shouldn't have any problems with termites. Depending on the sun you get - I'd consider mass plantings of something like African Iris. It should keep most of the weeds down if you plant densely. FWIW - I've never had luck with rocks or weed cloth - and use shredded pine bark mulch. Robyn
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:36 PM
 
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In Central FL, I use lava rock and specific plantings. Keeps the moisture, snakes, and armadillos at bay
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