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planting next to the exterior of the house

Chany's picture

Hi, i was just wondering if there was anything i should be aware of re: planting so close to the foundation of the home.   I was worried about putting top soil next to the wall as i have heard that this can cause dampness.  I wanted to build a small retaining wall and was concerned that it would cause problems to the basement...bugs, erosion, dampness. Any advice would be appreciated.

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joeanna anthony

If you are planting trees close to the foundation, then the mud could discolor the walls. If you have windows on that wall, the trees would block the sunlight and wind, besides if the trees are really big, the roots will create problems to your basement.

dytecture's picture

As long as you keep the plants small so that sunlight and air can circulate around the foundation it should be fine.

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