Spring is about to be upon us and with that comes landscaping.  While you may or may not be planning a big outdoor project, there are a few things to keep in mind so that you don’t harm your house in the process of trying to upgrade it.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1.  If you are going to be creating a garden or flower bed, make sure they slope AWAY from your foundation.  And, if you have a flower bed already in place by your home make sure the ground is sloping downwards away from the home.  If water is not directed away from the foundation, it can pool and cause the soil to swell creating an uneven surface.

2.  Don’t plant trees and bushes too close to your foundation.  Make sure to account for how large they will be at full maturity and plant that distance from your home.  Also keep in mind that roots from plants can grow quite deep, which can cause foundation damage.

3.  Make sure the plants near your home are watered regularly. While this might seem to go against what you think, plants – especially trees – near your home can take all of the water away from the soil causing soil shrinkage.  Your foundation needs a healthy balance of moisture to remain level, so make sure everything is correctly watered near your home.

4.  Keep flower beds and gardens well mulched. This helps the soil’s moisture level to stay balanced and not fluctuate.

5.  Confirm that your flowerbeds aren’t covering drainage outlets or weeping holes, which allow extra moisture to escape.

6.  Do not completely cover your foundation with plants.  Leave three to four inches of the foundation exposed above your landscape for safety.

For any foundation landscaping questions, call the experts – RamJack Systems of Southwest Indiana – at 812.842.0728.