Landscape Design Suggestions

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The pretty spring weather is really here and many people with the green thumb have already started working on the yard and landscaping. Every year it's the same task; pick up and get rid of most of the junk that has accumulated after which you start designing your next job. Every new project includes a personalized touch but when you're planning a challenge that also includes landscaping design, installing an outdoor patio or planting trees or shrubs; make sure your plan provides a way for water to flow away from the household.

Most of the worst type of problems around your home is often created simply by water flooding your foundation. Water could potentially cause a foundation to fail, lead to mold inside your crawlspace or basement and create harborage for termites or other insects.

Below are some guidelines to think about should you start a fresh project this spring

As stated before; typically the grading all around your home is what regulates the rain water movement but it really doesn't matter what project you are planning or even focusing on; be sure the design is not going to let the water to run towards your house, You can accomplish that by adding soil so that you can build up close to your home or else you can easily take out some soil creating a good swale to carry the water away from your house.

Whenever you get the Lawn Sprinklers in service be certain all the lines are not dripping underground resulting in water to be able to puddle alongside the foundation. Another really important point to keep in mind involving sprinklers would be to adjust all of them correctly, they must water your lawn and garden as well as the shrubs and trees; not your home

Putting in compost or mulch makes your landscape design look great and it is beneficial it can help the vegetation by simply holding water and helping keep unwanted weed growth under control. What is important is to use mulch for the purpose it really is designed for. Do not use mulch and compost in order to fill in low laying place which is causing water to pool alongside your footing, it will simply allow a lot more water to soak in. Keeping the mulch a few inches away from the foundation is usually suggested but never allow it to accumulate over your house siding; this could initiate wood decay and may give bugs an ability to access your residence. Harmful termites may also take advantage of mulch to start a colony and then move into the house.

When you are planning to construct a new flower bed or a retaining wall using landscaping timbers, natural stone or any kind of building materials somewhere around your own home certainly never build it allowing soil or mulch to get over the wood framework without taking into account just how dampness within the earth is going to impact the framework plus the course of the water runoff.

When you are planting trees and shrubs; yet another frequent error in judgment is actually to plant the tree and shrub a little too close to your property, don't forget they're going to mature and grow, now place them all in the area that will suit a full matured tree.

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Preston Sandlin is a home inspector and real estate investor in Charlotte NC. He has been performing home inspections and buying real estate in Charlotte NC for over 12 years. He is a member of the North Carolina Home Inspector's Association, the Charlotte Regional Realtors Association, and the BBB. For more information please visit our websites: http://askthecharlotteinspector.com/ http://www.homeinspectioncarolina.com/

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This article was published on 2011/05/24