landscape rocks near house foundation

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    can I put landscaping rocks along the side of my house?
    I've been researching and it says do not let the soil dry out at the foundation
    our climate is not dry
    I was thinking of maybe only a 6 inch trim
     
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    No problem.
    I have about a foot and a half wide strip of bull rock between the house and the flower beds with poly border between the bed and the rock.
    It allows the water from the downspouts to flow out to the driveway and it keeps it from washing out the flower beds.
     
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    My house is practically on a swamp.
    In summer + 35 degrees Celsius, in winter - 40
    I have a path along the house.

    There are no problems with the foundation.
    But, it should be said that my foundation is "fully buried", that is, its depth is 1.3 meters. This is lower than the depth of freezing.

    There may be other problems:
    On this path grow weeds, which prevent walking and look ugly. To ensure that they do not spread, it is necessary to put geotextiles
     
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    Yep..ya gotta be sure to lay down this stuff before laying the rock down.
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    The other plus of diverting water along your slab in the south is it keeps the soil moist which in turn keeps your slab from moving and cracking.
     
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    Here ya go...
     

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    should I put this stuff down ?
     
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    Absolutely.
    It keeps weeds from growing among your rocks.
    You can see a few weeds growing in my rocks but thats after 12 years of decomposing plant matter that turned to soil.

    And the best part?
    When it comes time to clean out the soil in your rocks ya just grab the weed barrier and peel it up and put your rocks on the driveway or better yet a large strainer like from a crawfish pot and hose em down and put em back.
    With new barrier material obviously.
     
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    Why should you never let your foundation dry out? I have never heard such a thing.
     
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    You need to keep the moisture level as equal as possible to prevent the slab from moving.
    When the soil gets dry it shrinks,when wet it expands,this makes the slab move which can cause foundation problems.

    Foundation Watering - Advanced Foundation Repair | Advanced Foundation Repair
     
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    The Dirt Shrinks Away From The Foundation
    During Heavy Rains
    You May Get Some Flooding In The Basement/Garage
    There May Be Other Structural Issues, Like Cracking
     

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