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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:37 pm    Post subject: Planting near house Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm currently building a new house, the grounds man is back clearing the site in next fortnight, we were hoping to do some landscaping under the windows ( small shrubs formed with a box hedge on the borders) to the front of the house, the plan would be to get the hardcore that is currently there removed and replaced with topsoil for planting, do we need to put some form of membrane between soil and plinth of the house to bridge the gap? Any advice on this would be very welcome.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as the soil is lower than your DPC then it shouldn't be a problem. However, when you have the opportunity put in a membrane to act as a weed suppressant. Will save you years of pulling up weeds.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with Tagwex on both counts. I will also add don't be mean with the width of the border and don't plant too close to the wall. The soil will tend to be very dry as there will be a 'rain shadow ' from the wall and overhanging roof. It will also be a chance to grow more tender plants as they will gain some warmth and protection from the wall.
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