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Need advice on re-grading garden beds around foundation for better drainage and if I can apply barriers/sealant to mitigate water intrusion

I'm doing some landscaping cleanup for my parents' house - for visualization, this house's surrounding layout is almost identical: The front and right side of the house is surrounded by lawn and ...
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Suggestion on how to get the trees removed infront of garage door

You see the picture? I want to remove that tree. Its in front of the garage door. It was planted long ago. Probably 15 years. I wanted to ideally remove it from there completely. Can it be done safely ...
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Best dwarf shrub varieties which has shallow roots to plant near building wall

I'd like to grow oleanders that won't impact the wall or foundation of my building. I noticed that dwarf oleanders could be a solution as it's known not to grow more than 3 feet tall. ( Click here to ...
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Can the roots of a coconut tree damage your house?

We have a coconut tree near the house. Can its root penetrate the underground foundation of my house?
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Is it safe to place Emerald Green Arborvitae next to house?

I'd like to plant an Emerald Green (Thuja occidentalis "Smargd") about 2-3 feet away from my house's foundation, in the midst of a trio of redosier dogwoods. Is the proximity to the wall of ...
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How to choose the right garden plants around the building wall and dry wells

If trees/shrubs are planted too close to a house, the roots can damage the foundation Only two to three feet is available from the building wall on both the sides of the building and dry wells with ...
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How to raise pavers by 3 to 5 inches from rest of flat lawn for shed base?

I am installing a Resin based shed Ketter Cortina 9x7in my backyard on level ground. I want to build the shed base using 24x30 inch concrete paver slabs. to build the base I am planning to. remove ...
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Foundation landscaping [duplicate]

Last year I had the foundation of my house rebuilt and exterior drainage put on my property. The grass has taken ver and is now directly next to the foundation What can I or should I not do next to ...
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How far should a mulberry tree be from my house's foundation?

I have a 17 year old huge mulberry tree in my backyard, about 29 ft from the house. Also it's close to the backyard drainage. Is that OK or could it harm the house foundation?
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Cedar tree roots close to house

I have 2 cedar trees that have roots approx 3" in diameter that are located close to the top of the basement (concrete foundation) of my house. The diameter of the trees are about 24" at the base and ...
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Can I plant Asian Star Jasmine near house foundation?

I've seen some conflicting opinions on this. From Gardens Alive: Good air circulation is key to both healthy home and horticulture. You should always leave a foot of open space around the ...
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Separating landscaping from short foundation and low wood siding

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....
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Contractor regraded and sodded to direct water away - grass now within 1/2 inch or at top of foundation

I have just had some work done to correct a drainage problem at my house. The engineers specs said to "lower the soil against the house (which I found out means raise the soil up because water is ...
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Does a eucalyptus tree cause damage to a building foundation?

I planted a eucalyptus tree about 6 - 7 meters (20 - 22 feet) from my house. Does this tree have an effect on my building foundation?
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Why do many landscapers put gravel around the base of buildings?

Where I live, I've noticed many buildings have a stone/gravel barrier between the building foundation and the lawn or flower bed. Why is this? Does it prevent insect or pest infiltration of the ...
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Considerations when planting foundation shrubs

I am looking to put some Japanese Boxwood in front of my property to disguise my raised foundation and was wondering if there are any big no-no's I should avoid? I am looking to place some some brick ...
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Willow tree placement in regards to house

Background I have recently moved into a house. There is a willow tree on the property (not sure which type). The willow tree is is approximatly 5 meters from the house foundation. The house ...
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What sort of foundation does a Serpentine wall need

I am considering having a total 210 foot run of 6 foot high serpentine wall built out of concrete block, brick, or a combination. Made up of 100' of wall + 4' gateway + 30' of wall + 10' gateway + 40' ...
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How close can lawn be to a foundation?

I have a small front yard (20'x20') and a narrow walkway (5') between the front yard and the back yard. Currently the yard and walkway are a mess of dirt, weeds, roots, rocks, cement, and construction ...
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Retaining wall and water management in a tight space

I'm buying my first house very shortly, and as expected it has some problems. One of the big ones is water management around the garage. There is already water damage inside the garage so I want to ...
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Big Max Shed Foundation

I have a 7 x 7 big max resin shed, resin floor. I'm putting in the corner of my yard for about year until we do some serious landscaping then it will be moved to a new location. What should I use ...
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Dirt cheap way to create Polytunnel foundation

I'm wanting to experiment with a quick-and-dirty Polytunnel (6m x 3m). I expect this experiment to last for 1-2 seasons only (and then I expect to build a properly constructed hothouse) I've ...
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