1. Bringing in new beauty bark.
Nothing looks nicer around a house than a new layer of beauty bark. Nothing rots out a house faster or screams to insects to come infest your home louder, than beauty bark contacting the siding of your home. Even if your siding isn’t made of wood. There should be a good two or three inch clearance between the bottom of your siding and any material which holds moisture. This includes vegetation, sand, gravel, play chips, and all manner of pavers.
2. Planting a garden.
It’s spring and I personally can’t wait to plant. Something, anything. From herb gardens, to flower gardens, and especially vegetable gardens. But it could cost you big time. Glossing over the fact that vegetation draws insects that eat vegetation, and insects that eat those insects, including ants – that will then move right into your home. The biggest problem with gardens is that so many people plant them up against their homes. Then they water their happy new garden and the side of their home, sweet home. You should never water your home. Unless you want walls full of moisture ants, termites, and rot.
3. Installing landscaping blocks.
Everybody knows by now that railroad ties rot and breed pests. Now days, most people landscape using concrete blocks. No wood, no worries, right? Not so fast. A lot of people who install concrete blocks use the blocks to change the ground level around the exterior. Changing the ground level, can change the drainage around the exterior of your home. The ground around the outside of your home is supposed to slope away from your home encouraging proper drainage. Leveling the exterior or directing ground water toward your home can cause slab and sub area flooding and in the long term, unseen rot and insect damage.
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