Mulch by the house = termites - fact or fiction?
When I bought my house the inspector was pleased to see no mulch in the foundation beds because it would "cause termites". The owner of the other half of the duplex must have hired the same inspector, because hers told her the same thing! But when I was growing up we always had those white quartz rocks in the beds (real popular in San Antonio in the 60s if I remember correctly) and every Saturday my father cursed them as they tore up his lawn mower because, as we all know, mulch NEVER stays IN the bed.
So what do y'all use in your foundation beds if organic brings termites and inorganic ruins the mower? My bed in front of the house has no mulch at all, and I'm having to water several times per week, and, of course, it's weed city. I need to do SOMETHING. Help!
BTW, the foundation in the back has cypress mulch - I guess he thought that was okay or didn't notice it! I also use cypress in the beds by the fences.