I am working on my front yard project. Following are the images and what I am planning to do. I am laying turf, mulch and installing Water fountain. My question is: Is it okay to use Mulch close to wall? I am asking this I am planning to plant some flowers on mulch after laying them. Will the mulch attract termites? I would really suggest if you have any suggestion on this.
Thanks for sharing your project with us, @Sugar.
Really looking forward to seeing the end result with the water fountain.
They say you shouldn’t have garden beds against the house walls because it can encourage termites to gain entry into the house. You could use stones/pebbles and some beautiful pots and maybe have a garden bed away from the house walls
Welcome to Bunnings Workshop. Thank you for sharing your diy project with the community. In these situations I would probably suggest using timber sleepers against the house or even bricks to provide a buffer against the mulch. Mulch tends to hold moisture and might become a source of mold against your wall. So by providing a buffer such as sleepers or bricks you have that measure of safety. Looking forward to the finished project.
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Thank you all for the advice. So I was in the right direction. I was feeling reluctant to use mulch against the house wall. @LisasGarden I like your idea of beautiful stones or pebbles. I think I will go with this. The only thing I am worried about is the weeds growing from the ground when pebbles are used. This is the current case as you can see in the picture. I like to control weed growing also.
You could lay down weed mat or shade cloth etc first to help control the weeds and then the stones.
It's great to see you've received some helpful replies from our knowledgeable members @Sugar.
As mentioned, if you are in a termite prone area, I would suggest keeping the use of mulch to a minimum. If you are to use it, there will probably be local regulations regarding creating a buffer between it and the wall of the house. However, it sounds like you have made the wise decision to go with stones or pebbles, and we have a great range to select from. Weedmat would indeed be the ideal solution for controlling weed growth.
Do you know what type of fountain and arrangement you were looking for? I'd be happy to make some suggestions for you also.
I look forward to following along with your project as I trust you'll have some magnificent results.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need further assistance.
@MitchellMc Yes, I am very thankful for everyone's reply.
Regarding the pebbles, my wife and I are still deciding which one to go for.
So far, I am planning to use Tuscan White Aztech Pebbles and black polish in combination.
Regarding fountain: I am planning to go with a pump powered by the solar panel.
Grass: I might go with wintergreen grass. Last time, I used seeds and they were washed away by rain the next morning :). So this time, I am preferring to go with instant turf.
The combination of black and white pebbles sounds like it will look terrific.
You might like to read through this discussion: New water feature! by @Adam_W. His results were very impressive. I'm sure you could use a solar-powered pump in combination with it. You should also find this step-by-step guide useful: How to create a water feature. Here's our range of solar-powered pumps.
I'd have to agree that instant turf can be much easier, and you get results right away.
I can't wait to see your results.
Hi @Sugar ,
Although uncommon mulch can attract termites but more often what it does is provide cover for them to get into the underneath of your house unnoticed. That's a major problem.
- Cypress mulches are termite repellent, tea tree mulches too but probably not for the longer term.
- Pebble mulches will also work well as termites are unlikely to travel underneath them to the house.