Inappropriate Landscaping Practices: What to Avoid to Protect Your Foundation

Welcome to another informative blog post from Hargrave Custom Foundation Repair. Today, we’ll be tackling an often-overlooked issue: inappropriate landscaping practices that can jeopardize the health of your foundation.

Inappropriate Landscaping Practices: What to Avoid to Protect Your Foundation

Understanding the Connection Between Landscaping and Foundations

Landscaping and foundations may seem like two separate elements of your home, but they’re closely intertwined. The way you landscape your yard can significantly impact the stability and integrity of your home’s foundation. Understanding this connection is helpful for preserving your home’s value and preventing costly repairs.

Watering Your Landscape

While watering your landscape is essential, overwatering can lead to serious foundation issues. Excessive water can cause the soil around your foundation to expand, putting pressure on your foundation walls and leading to cracks or damage. Conversely, allowing the soil to dry out completely can also be harmful, as it may cause the soil to contract away from the foundation, leading to instability.

Planting Trees Too Close to Your Home

While trees can add beauty and value to your property, planting them too close to your home can cause issues for your foundation. Tree roots can extend far beneath the soil, potentially disrupting your foundation over time by drawing surprisingly large amounts of water from the soil. 

As a rule of thumb, large trees should be planted at least 20 feet away from your home, while smaller trees should be at least 10 feet away. Large shrubs will also draw water from the supporting soil under your foundation. Generally only plant shrubs that will grow no more than 2-3 feet tall near the foundation. 

Improper Drainage Systems

Improper drainage is a common landscaping mistake that can lead to foundation damage. If water pools near your foundation or if your yard slopes towards your home, the excess water can penetrate your foundation, leading to issues like upheaval or basement flooding.

While landscaping can enhance the beauty of your home, it’s crucial to avoid these inappropriate practices to protect your foundation. At Hargrave Custom Foundation Repair, we’re not just about repairs; we’re about prevention and education. Reach out to us today for more information on maintaining a healthy foundation.

Remember, a little knowledge and the right practices can save you from expensive foundation repairs down the line. Contact us today!