Pine fines & surprises

CEFreeman(DC/MD Burbs 7B)May 3, 2014

Hi all!
I had to tell someone this surprise I got in my pine fines.
I admit, I bought them on sale last year from a nursery, 50lbs for $4.95. Couldn't pass 'em up!

I made my gritty mix and root pruned and repotted a bunch of my trees.

Last Friday, yesterday and today I've probably root pruned and repotted 48 JMs + some hosta and heuchera.

A little while later, lo and behold, the soil was glinting in the sunlight.

ACK!
My pine fines had termites.
I was so totally grossed out. But I bagged the pots, put a little Raid in there (very little) and soon had lots of dead termites. Just what I need hear my house, right!?

Anyway, I thought you guys would get this, whereas others just look at me with their eyeballs clanking together when I talk about my trees. :)

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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

You may want to have your property inspected for termite colonies or some other problem, like carpenter ants. Although termites can be carried in mulch, they don't survive very long away from the colony. It is more likely that the termites, or whatever they are, got into the mulch after you brought it home.

Here is a link that might be useful: Facts about termites and mulch

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 1:09PM
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