I need some advice on how to cover the ground in front of my house. I want
to put brown gravel/small stones down, but it looks like I'm going to have
to build up the slope. I've attached some photos for you to see. It looks
like the rain water drips off my roof and has created this small drip line.
The ground near the bushes is just slightly higher than at the house
foundation. I"m trying to avoid having to dig out the dirt to slope the
ground away from the house. I"m wondering if you all think that building up
the ground close to my house would be a viable option, to create more slope.
I wonder if you could dig a small trench, not really deep, to steer the
water along the foundation and down away from it? If you lined it with
small river stone it might hold up for you. Other wise use French drain pipe
to do the same job.
"CB" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Thanks. Any suggestions on how I built up the ground by the house? With what
material? I absolutely love red twig dogwood. Any reason why I should choose
that particular plant? What should I do with the existing boxwood? Could I
incorporate the dogwood in with those or do you think it would look weird?
All suggestions welcome!
Before anything else, install gutters and downspots with about a 10' run
away from the house. Then, you can build up the ground around the house
with soil and then top dress with anything you want. If you don't address
the constant erosion from dripping rain water, you'll continue to have
problems. Also, your siding will stay cleaner without the dirt being
constantly splashed on it from the dripping water.
Well you defiantly need gutters or anything you plant there will get beat to
I would add plenty of amendments and build it up some. I see you have a
short foundation to your home and I don't know if you have a bad termite
VA. At any rate I wouldn't build the soil up to within 6-8 inches from the
siding just in
case of moisture/drainage problems causing rot.
Elaine in Ga
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