Landscaping is a great way to beautify your home’s exterior and boost its curb appeal. But it’s vital to plan your landscaping in a way that is beneficial to your foundation. Here are five tips to ensure that your landscaping doesn’t interfere with the health and integrity of your home’s foundation.
1. Create a Wide Border
Although keeping plants away from your foundation entirely would be preferable, homeowners should keep at least five feet between any plants and the home’s foundation. This helps to keep excess water away from your home’s foundation and minimize swelling in expansive soils surrounding your home.
2. Choose Drought-Tolerant Plants
Another way to keep water from coming into contact with your foundation is to choose plants that require very little water. Lilies of the Nile, Manzanita, Palo Verde, Cacti, and African Irises require very little water, which is great for your foundation, your watering bill, and your plants!
3. Plant Trees Far Away
If your landscaping will include large trees, plant them as far away as possible. The distance between your tree and your home should be at least 1.5 times the tree’s mature height. In other words, a tree that will grow up to 50 feet high should be at least 75 feet away from your foundation.
4. Be Mindful of the Slope
Land should always slope away from your home to carry excess water away with it. Make sure the landscaping or flower beds around your home slope away to ensure adequate drainage.
5. Install Drainage Systems
Finally, install drainage systems around your home’s landscaping to ensure that excess water gets carried away instead of pooling. Surface drains are perfect for preventing water from coming into contact with your foundation. French drains may also be an option.
To learn more about protecting your home’s foundation while landscaping, contact Structured Foundation Repair, Inc. We service the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area with professional foundation repair and drainage correction services. Call (972) 484-1200 to find out more about our services.