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Monday, May 21, 2012

Make-grow-thrift...

Is it Monday again already? So once again I'm joining in with Jodie's feature. This week is actually a followup to my last Monday's post. Last week I wrote about tidying up the weed infested area under my front stairs. After I removed the weeds, I planted the area in a most frugal way...from cuttings of syngoniums and division of some bromeliads, so the cost was nil :-) 

Now I felt the area needed mulching to prevent weeds taking hold again before the new plants spread out. I hesitated to use mulch as it was so close to the house and termites are a problem in Brisbane suburbs. Once again a fellow blogger gave me some wonderful information. Sue wrote in the comments that cypress mulch is not attractive to termites; it repels them!




So on my next visit to Bunnings (our 2 local nurseries did not survive the drought and the GFC, so Bunnings is my closest nursery) I checked out the mulches. Sure enough they had a couple of different brands of bagged cypress mulch. So this afternoon I got to work and spread it around the new plants. So thank you Sue for letting me know about the cypress mulch!


5 comments:

Susan said...

Your plantings look great with the mulch Maria. I'm a fan of bromeliads. I think that's beaut how we can all get together via our blogs and pass on information. That's a really good tip about cypress mulch, thanks Sue from me as well :D)

chrisartist said...

I didn't know about Cypress mulch. Great tip.
I love to divide plants.
Chris

Linn said...

Hi Maria,

Thanks for the tip on the mulch. My sister lives in Brisbane so I will let her know about the cypress mulch! This is what I love about blogging..you find lots of very useful info from your blogging friends!

Sue said...

You very welcome Maria and I'm glad I could help you and others. Now that garden does look completed. Sue

Jodie @ The Haby Goddess said...

That is so handy to know Maria. Unfortunately we had a termite problem a few years back and it is definitely something you should take precautions to avoid.