According to David Beaulieu of About.com, there is no mulch available that consistently deters termites, but certain techniques may help to lower the risk of termite infestation as a result of mulching. Avoid allowing mulch to touch the foundation of the building in question.
There should be no less than 8 inches of exposed foundation above the top of the mulch. This will allow less moisture retention within the foundation, which is a prerequisite for termite infestation. Since all mulches retain moisture, this extra space will help to keep the termites in the mulch rather than allowing them to move into the building.Learn More
Use gloves to pick away mushrooms and remove all mulch that has been affected by mold or fungus. Raking every two or three days disrupts mushroom colonies. Using a fungicide to kill mushrooms is another method, but using two tablespoons of baking soda with each gallon of water kills mushrooms without having to use chemicals.Full Answer >
To plant garlic bulbs, fertilize the soil, plant the bulbs, cover them with soil and mulch, remove the mulch, and water the plants when dry. Plant garlic bulbs in a sunny spot in slightly dry, loose soil. Plant the bulbs in early autumn, and allow eight months for them to mature.Full Answer >
Plant peonies in a location with well-drained, rich soil and full sun during autumn, and cover the plants with mulch before the first frost of winter. During spring, remove the mulch, and water the plant thoroughly. After blooming, deadhead the flowers and provide the plant with fertilizer.Full Answer >
It is possible to propagate pineapple plants from the tops of fruit purchased in supermarkets, but they require warm growing conditions, mulch and feeding. They are drought tolerant and only require watering during long seasons of hot, dry weather.Full Answer >