Raised bed question.....

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Drafto, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. Drafto

    Drafto LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    In order to put a raised bed on the corner of this house does the veneer need to treated with anything or insulated. I have done raised beds up against concrete foundations but it just doesn't seem right to put dirt right up against that pretty veneer. What do you guys normally do? Does it get special paint or insulation? What about termites, am I inviting them in?


  2. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    I've used a plastic type membrane that roofers use...its corrugated and very thin ..sorry I cant think of the name of it right now.
  3. hortiscape

    hortiscape LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 30

    we usually use pea stone next to the house along the drip edge.
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Pull the bed out and away from thee house foundation about 1'then put your raised bed edging
    all the way around your mound
  5. Drafto

    Drafto LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    So you are saying put a retaining wall all the way around? Up against the house?


    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    If you are going to put dirt on the house, paint the veneer with thuro-seal. Make a slurry and use a quart of Acryl-60 per bag then pain it over the spot you want to cover.
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    can you go into more detail about this???

    he will need some sort of wall along the backside of the bed to hold the soil. if not the bed will taper towards the back of the bed towards the house. and water will shed that way

    you can put the bed directly against the rock, just as said earlier, use a rock and fabric strip at the edge of the house, and install a drain that will drain off to the low side around the corner (the way it goes now)

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