The Left Lane
Take termites to task
|Keeping your plants at least 18 inches from your home will help keep termites away.
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Termites are attracted to plants, shrubs and trees, so don't plant anything within 18 inches of your home. You might try a layer of gravel or flagstones instead of mulch.
Termites also need moisture, so be sure nearby ground slopes away for better runoff.
Finally, large trees shouldn't be closer than 20 feet because their extensive root systems form a perfect underground system leading directly into your home.