Rake everything away from the siding until you have several
inches of foundation exposed. Having anything against your
siding is a prescription for rot and insect / small animal
invasion. If you don't like looking at the foundation concrete,
plant perennials or bushes a few feet away from the house, so
that there's at least six inches between the back of the
plantings and the siding . . . a foot to 18" is better, then you
can walk behind them if necessary.
Make sure that the soil level at the house foundation is higher
than the surrounding soil, though -- even if you have to do major
regrading to achieve this. When it rains, and especially if you
get snowmelt, you want the water to flow AWAY from the house.
Al Knight wrote:
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