Termites can slowly destroy a fancy wooden gate. Use these strategies to defend your property.
Treat the Entire Fence
The first step is to treat the fence. You can use pesticides or an oil-based stain. Certain paints will work well too. If you prefer paint, use a good oil-based paint, an oil-based primer, or a termite-resistant paint.
Remove All Wood in the Surrounding Area
Get rid of any old wood that’s on your property. Termites like rotten stumps and decayed trees.
In the winter, you can keep firewood. However, you should stack it several feet away from the wood gate.
Relocate Every Shrub
Bushes and shrubs can attract termites too. To strengthen your defenses, transplant your bushes and shrubs if they’re too close to the new gate.
Flowers have no risks, so you can confidently plant them along the fence. However, you shouldn’t water the flowers frequently because water can attract termites.
Mulch is basically bite-size pieces of wood. For termites, a pile of mulch is an excellent snack. If you have mulch underneath or around your fence, remove it. The mulch will serve as an appetizer for the termites, and the wooden fence will be the main course.
If you need a new wood gate, never cut corners. You should buy one from a company that has a good reputation. The Mullholland Brand has sold wood gates and other quality landscape products for over 2 decades. If you’d like to learn more about this company, visit www.mullholandbrand.com.
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