A Dry Idea: Approach your plan for moisture-free landscaping as you would approach painting your house. If you would have to cut a plant to paint your siding, it is too close to your house and could lead to moisture problems. Keep this in mind as you examine your landscaping, and formulate plans for future improvements considering the growth of your plants in relation to your house.
□ Trim plant life away from the siding. Large shrubs may need to be removed if foliage persistently contacts siding, windows, or utility penetrations like dryer vents.
□ Tree roots can interfere with perimeter footing drain systems, disrupting the flow of water away from the house and causing dampness or flooding along the foundation and into the basement. Design your landscaping to minimize potential root blockage of underground pipes.
□ Do not use invasive ground covers like English ivy as foundation plantings.
□ Maintain at least 6 in. clearance from the bottom of the siding to the ground.