Removed Stump problem
After removing old stump in back yard, found termites in its wood. Packed all roots and stump in plastic bags and removed from yard. My question is: how long should I wait to start planting my garden there. I still see termites on the ground. Will they live without the old wood? I’m afraid they’ll eat the brand new roots from my new plants.
Hillsborough County Florida
Hello, and thanks for using the Ask an Expert System,
Termites require wood as a source of food. If you are planning a vegetable garden, you need not worry about termites eating the non-woody roots of your vegetable plants. I would not recommend planting any woody plants in your back yard until the termites are gone.
For additional information I suggest that you contact the Hillsborough County FSU/IFAS Extension Office.