We have a house with a concrete block foundation, a layer of brick on the outside visible portion of the foundation, and painted wood siding that comes down to within an inch of the surrounding ground.
We have a very shallow pitch from the side of the house out to the street, but want to put in landscaping beds around the house. What's the best way to put in the beds but keep moisture away from the wood siding?
- Raising the beds as little as we can and keep the height low next to the house
- Putting a 12-inch barrier of gravel between the house and the beds
- Put a vinyl cover over the bottom layer of the siding (one landscaping contractor suggested this, but we're worried that it would just trap moisture against the siding)
What would be the best way to go keeping moisture away from the bottom of the house?