Published on September 18th, 2013 | by Henri


Avoid organic mulch around foundation

Q.    In a recent post you said it is best not to put mulch next to foundations because it attracts bugs. What about cedar mulch? I’ve been under the impression cedar mulch deters insects and is OK to use next to the foundation.

A.    Any organic mulch will hold moisture and eventually decompose. This is an ideal breeding ground for all kinds of bugs including earwigs. It is also best not to have any material that holds moisture against the foundation as it can lead to basement or crawl space water problems.

I have always recommended sloping the ground away from the foundation and planting grass as the vegetation of preference. Grass has deep roots and continually draws moisture out of the soil which is what you want. However, if you want to use a mulch, the best kind is rubber mulch made from shredded tires. It won’t hold moisture or rot, and it is not unattractive.

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