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Landscape Maintenance Checklist

This landscape maintenance checklist is a great resource for anyone involved in home ownership.

Whether you’re preparing a house for sale, or giving new homeowners tips, don’t forget the foundation. As an easily overlooked part of a home, the foundation is the most important part of the building. Without a strong and stable foundation, the home will have structural problems.

Most of us hide the foundation behind landscaping, but don’t forget to think about the impact of shrubs, trees and other foliage on the home’s foundation.

Front of two story house

Landscape Maintenance Checklist: Foundation Safety Considerations

This landscape maintenance checklist is a great resource for anyone involved in home ownership.

  • Expansive Soils

If the home is built on expansive soils, make sure that flowers and shrubs are 5 feet from the foundation. If they are planted too close to the foundation then it could dry out the soil and cause house settling.

  • Large trees and roots

Large trees can have an impact on your foundation. The roots of the tree mirror the canopy. So if the canopy of the tree extends over the home, then the roots extend under the foundation. The trees drink a lot of water which can create settlement problems in areas of the home.

  • Grading is critical

Make sure that the soil slopes away from the foundation. If there are gaps or dips, fill them with soil and gently tamp down. Do not install wood chips next to the foundation since they allow water to drip through.

  • Gutter drains

Make sure the gutter drains point away from the home. Ideally the drains will discharge 5 feet away from the house. Installing an underground discharge line is an attractive option that doesn’t interfere with landscape or mowing. Check out JES’ downspout extension options.

  • Low lying areas

Low lying areas that collect water. If there’s an area on the property that collects water during rain, either fill the area, install drainage or install a rain garden with drainage. Make sure that water is drained away from the home.

  • Pavement and driveway sloping

Make sure that pavement and pavers slope away from the home. If the pavement has settled and slopes toward the home, it needs to be replaced or re-poured to restore the original slope.

  • Sprinkler systems

Don’t place sprinklers next to the home. The excess water can create hydrostatic pressure which will cause foundation damage. If the sprinklers are already installed either lower the setting on the sprinkler heads closest to the home or use a rain gauge to time the system.

JES Foundation Repair service area map of the Mid-Atlantic region.

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8361 Town Center Ct
Nottingham, MD 21236


311 Central Rd.
Suite 2-02
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Hampton Roads & NE NC

2569 Quality Ct
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Northern VA & DC

7940 Gainsford Ct.
Bristow, VA 20136


309 Quarles Rd
Ashland, VA 23005

Southwest Virginia / Roanoke

2033 Cook Dr.
Salem, VA 24153

Western Virginia

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522


45 W Boscawen St,
Winchester, VA 22601