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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 ...