There are gardening activates that will affect your property and it’s wellbeing mainly when it comes to dealing with termites,those nasty little pests that will have an impact on your garages, sheds and any wooden structures you may have.
Certain times of the year are very popular for putting in new shrubs and ground cover along with new flowers or you maybe reworking the plants you have and possible replanting them
If you’re dealing with plants that will be against your house, any of the work you do can affect the homes protection against termites. In the United States we call this foundation planting or gardening and basically, it’s to design to hide or conceal the foundation of the home.
All of your planting done away from your property or in the landscape area will not be an issue. When your planting or adding flowers or landscaping foundation of beds a good resource is the LSU AgeCenter it will have a verity of recommendations that will help you avoid interfering with any termite protection you have on your property.
The properties across the southeast are being protected from subterranean termites with a liquid chemical barrier which is a top soil treatment to protect these properties.
Maintain the barrier
When protecting the structure a Termiticide is a long lasting liquid which is applied to the soil around piers and slabs. For added protection they will drill into the piers and slabs and then inject the termiticide and with new construction they will apply it under the new slaps also.
When they treat this soil most of the time the treat the soil about 6 inches deep and 4 inches wide to make sure it’s completely protected and with the chemical shield and its presence it will stop there nasty pests from tunneling through the soil which in turn stops them from entering your property.
After this chemical is treated to the soil you do not want to disturb or dig up the soil because this termiticide is what is standing between your property and a new infestation to begin. What will happen if the soil is disturbed is you’re at risk or your property is compromised and at high risk for termites.
When that time of season is near for your bedding preparation or foundation planting, the main thing is never mess up or dig around or into the soil at least stay away 8 to 12 inches and from piers also because these mistakes will reduce and eliminate and effective protection you have.
Planting And Protection
Whenever you’re doing any planting next to your home, you should always try and locate them or place them at least 3 feet from any pier or slab. The reasons for this 3 feet is to allow proper growth over time. This gives your new plants proper light from behind along with very good air circulation to grow and they will benefit tremendously.
By allowing this distance it keeps the plants from any contact with your property. Any plants which are wood based that touch any structures will give these nasty pests a route or a entry to your property and allow these subterranean termites to start a colony. You also want to make sure any vines are not starting to grow on to the walls of your house this also causes entry points.
The best defense against these nasty pests is inspection of your property at least once a year or more. Any plants you have with vines that have thorns or spines will make it hard to inspect around the slap but do your best.
Most professional gardeners and home owners will use a mulch to build up the beds and provide benefits to your flowers and shrubs and provides ground cover for your vegetables. But remember along with this mulch being applied next to your home you must always consider termite prevention
Some people in the planting industry will say they have concerns about using mulch and that it attracts termites to your house. But not true but termites do feed on this plant based material which is made up of cellulose but caused no harm.
Generally, speaking all your termites will feed on wood products and old tree stubs or wood chips laying around and some wood will have a chemical that the termites do not like such as redwood, cedar and eucalyptus but over time these chemicals breakdown anyway and become less effective.
A generally rule of thumb and pure wood mulches should not be used around your property, you will want to use a bark based product or mulch which is less attractive to these pests.
One of the other products used is pine straw this product is low in cellulose and a very good option. Any other mulches that are not plant based such as rubber products, gravel and rocks are not consumed by these pests and are a good alternative.
Main thing to consider is not what product you use but were you place the mulch and you never want it along or close to slabs or piers next to your home. This will cause a bridge over any soil treated by the chemical allowing these pests to enter your home.
Any mulches you decide to use you will want them pulled back around 9 to 16 inches I found to be the best distance to prevent any infestation and will give you good protection.
Any large trees you have near the property will cause gutters to get clogged these trees leaves like oak trees etc. will fall into the cutters.
As you can imagine this will cause your cutters to over flow and this will allow the water to soak on any wood or fascia and on your roof causing added problems.
The subterranean termite will enter your home from any soil around the property but the Formosan termite will use any wet wood to enter. So when these cutters get clogged it caused damp wood and can allow a colony to start and by bass any protection you have.
Main thing is to check your cutters regularly and any trees you have make sure there kept away from your property and prune the trees regularly to minimize issues.
- Make sure to place gutters properly to drain.
- Make sure not to use any fill first under your porches.
- Have your Gardner remove dead tree leaves and dead wood.
- You can use bricks for decoration and for boarders instead of wood products.
- Check all your sprinklers so there not spraying the foundation or siding of your home.
- Make sure to leave 4 to 8 inches of space between your house and any wooden structure.
- Make sure if your building any decks on concrete pads to treat them first and try and use pressure treated wood