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As Spring roles out the green carpet many of us look forward to sprucing up the flower beds. A couple things should be kept in mind.
Plants against the foundation provide harborage for rodents and insects. Allow at least 12 inches along the foundation for air flow to dry the siding and soil.
Trim shrubs up from the bottom and rake out leaf litter to expose rodents to predators. This also removes debris that can support mold and fungus that can then infect your plants.
Make sure soil isn’t blocking the foundation vents. This reduces air flow into the crawlspace, introduces unwanted moisture into your home and causes the metal screens to rust out.