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Exjay 04-26-2013 10:44 PM

mulch as bug a defense?
located in coastal SC and were tring to get rid of the typical pine straw up close to our house around schrubs and palms (gets dried out and had some fires close by due to pinestraw as the "fuel") We also would like something that will help keep bugs etc away from the home. which is typically recommended for this? cedar? thanks

user1007 04-27-2013 06:24 AM

If bugs are an issue, you might look into recycled rubber chips that look like bark until you get up close to them. Bugs might still hide under the stuff like with wood I guess but they will not be attracted to it for a food source. It will not decompose like wood mulch either.

Rubber mulch comes in all sorts of colors and grinds including blends that mimmick cedar, redwood, etc. Obviously it is a recycled material and not a forest harvest product. Best variety will probably be from online sources unless you have a landscape supplier that carries it in bulk near. Box stores may sell some colors and grinds in bags but it will get expensive that way---same as with wood mulch.

SPS-1 04-27-2013 08:22 AM

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How about natural stone? You get get some really interesting types if you find the right landscaping supplier. Myself, I am partial to red granite. Lasts a heck of a lot longer than mulch.

Exjay 04-28-2013 07:38 PM

The rock/pebbles idea is on the back burner as we have several live oak trees and they make a mess with leaves/seeds a few times a year and are a PITA to clean up let alone get out of stone. Still would like to go with a slow degradeable mulch of sorts that we can replace every other year with fresh stuff yet still have the natural effects of a bug deterrant.

Seattle2k 04-29-2013 12:23 AM

Cedar is going to be the closest thing to a bug deterrent. I hear it helps ward off fleas. But're trying to remove the bugs from outside...and that's where they live....lots of them.

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