Will 20 mule Team Borax and water mixture sot

Asked June 19, 2019, 5:36 PM EDT

I was getting ready to lay cardboard over my lawn and put red cedar mulch over it. But I read termites LOVE cardboard. I want to do it organically so that the cedar can decompose with the card board over time vertically and horizontally over the lawn, I read that fabric does not really works well and weed spreads underneath horizontally and does not break down easily which limits the thickness of the soil above. I don't. understand how it works and how it drains with mulch . And will mulch mold on fabric and cause diseases? I m only a beginner home owner and zero experience on plants and plants. I read cedar can deter termites and pest.

Los Angeles County California lawns and turf mulch

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Thank you for your question. I am confused about how the 20 mule team borax (boron—a natural chemical plants need in very small amounts) and the rest of your question. What exactly are you trying to do? Just mulch landscape plants? Here is an Extension article from your state Extension about mulches: http://ceventura.ucanr.edu/Gardening/Coastal/Landscape_578/Mulches/ If your goal is something else, please write back and explain further. Thanks!

people uses water and 20 meal Team solution to soak cardboard ; let dry and put inside a container in soil as termite bait. If I paint the cardboard sheets let dry then mulch over it- the entire lawn will be a termite bait, question- Is is eco friendly using 20 mule this way? How fast cardboard decompose when water over it?

people uses water and 20 meal Team solution to soak cardboard ; let dry and put inside a container in soil as termite bait. If I paint the cardboard sheets let dry then mulch over it- the entire lawn will be a termite bait, question- Is is eco friendly using 20 mule this way? How fast cardboard decompose when water over it?

I can find no science-based research to indicate that boron/borax is a termite ‘bait.’ It is used to kill termites, but it will rapidly be lost in the soil. Here is an article on termites and boron: https://www.uaex.edu/farm-ranch/pest-management/docs/training-manuals/AG1154.pdf When used as sheet composting, it can take over 6 months for the cardboard to break down so plants can be added: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/techniques/sheet-mulching-aka-lasagna-composting-builds-soil-saves-time