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Old 07-23-2015, 09:08 PM
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Suggestions for bed alongside house

I am new here and if this is the wrong place, please let me know.

I recently put a bed area in my backyard and I need a few suggestions.

The plan is to use mulch as the Oklahoma soil is dry and looks terrible without.

There was an episode of termites in the past and I was told 'don't put much up next to the house?'

And finally to my concern....

I thought about putting large pebble rocks between the house and the mulch (and possibly along the patio edge to form an 'L' shape), but heard people say that rocks around the foundation is just as bad and even more work and maintenance.

So... are these comment true? What would you do? All mulch? 'I' shape of rocks, or 'L' shape of rocks, or something else?

Under the border stones I have a 6" trench of concrete.

What would you do to keep the stones in place?
Stone adhesive that comes in a caulking tube? (not sure if there is enough surface to surface contact for this to be strong enough)
Would quickrete work, or does it not have the biding properties?

Essentitally I don't want people kicking them over or them getting bumped by the mower.

Thanks so much for listening to me ramble!!!
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Old 08-02-2015, 11:37 AM
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Put fabric down and 1-2" size stone (mixed they look even better) if possible dig out couple inches of dirt alway try to stay minimum of 2" from where wood framing starts, in this case most likely is where the first layer of brick starts, unless you or kids pick it up they will stay in place no need to glue down, I would do a "L" type with stones something similar to the attached photo
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:43 PM
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Suggest that you avoid pebbles if there is going to be turf...

String trimmers sling the pebbles everywhere... I have broken a few windows...

Around these parts.... we use pine needles next to the house... And save the good wood chip mulch for areas away from the foundation.

Ok... logged in and now see your picture....

I'd cover the entire bed with pine needles...

I'm not a fan of coloured mulch...
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:43 PM
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It's a common thing here in Northern Virginia for landscapers to use some stone along houses that have had termite issues in the past. It also help with any flooding issues you may have...........
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