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Landscaping near your foundation

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Posted by: from Lexington
3/29/2017 at 3:33:39 PM

I have a home built in 1900 that sits about 10 feet away from the neighboring house. The side "yard" this creates is completely shaded and mostly grows weeds. I would like to dig out the weeds, lay a weed barrier, and install a simple rock garden with medium and large natural stones. There would be shade-loving plants intermixed with the rocks. Due to the limited space, I'd have to put this right up against the foundation of the house.

Will this damage the foundation over time? As long as the land is sloped away from the house, would there be any other issues to consider?

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Date/Time3/29/2017 at 5:23:46 PM

Depending on which plants you choose. I would recommend a low ground cover (pacasandra, or Japanese spurge). Or hostas. Something that doesn't have to an aggressive root.

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Date/Time3/30/2017 at 6:20:45 PM

The main issue is always regarding the slope away from foundation to keep drainage going away from your footing. The other contractor has a good point about roots and something to ask about at the greenhouse. Planting right against a foundation wont ruin it but one as old as yours its worth not taking the chance.

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