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Hello from Middle Tennessee!

Post  mapspringer on 4/24/2012, 5:35 pm

Hello to everyone, and thanks for making this a wonderful community!

I have a quick question before I must run. I want to build a bed against the back of my all-brick house, using the brick as one side of the box (3 sides wood, one side brick.) Does anyone foresee this as being problematic, concerning moisture/mold/termites, etc., to the house structure? It's the south facing side of the house, so sunshine is plentiful.

Thanks, and happy gardening!

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Re: Hello from Middle Tennessee!

Post  llama momma on 4/24/2012, 5:43 pm

If I understand you correctly, the problem I see is the mix is very soft and friable when it's dry. It can move around even when its wet. How will the wood be close enough to the brick and suppress Mel's Mix from leaking out? Can you make your box 4 sides of wood and pull it away from the brick wall?

The other questions will need to be answered by someone else.
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Post  givvmistamps on 4/24/2012, 8:22 pm

When we transferred the termite warranty coverage from the former owners after we purchased this house, the company covering the house said that the warranty would be nullified if we put a wood pile against the house...and that we needed to trim a tree which had branches that would touch our roof when it rained (from weight of the water). So, I think perhaps you should build at least a foot away and put a wood back on your raised bed.
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Post  mapspringer on 4/24/2012, 9:09 pm

Thanks for the replies. I know that the termite inspector suggested pulling back any hardwood mulches from the foundation, as mulch can carry them, but I wouldn't think (at least I'd hope not) that Mel's Mix would be inviting to termites! Shocked Maybe I could use a composite board to go against the brick. That might be the ticket.
I think what might be more concerning to me is the moisture content, from watering and retention, that would be against the brick if a back board were not used. And even still, I'm not sure how I feel about the effects of drainage from the bed at the foundation. Maybe from gentle waterings it would not be enough to do harm to the foundation?

Hmmmm. Any further input is certainly welcome! Very Happy
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Re: Hello from Middle Tennessee!

Post  mapspringer on 4/24/2012, 10:08 pm

My apologies all. I am not new to forums, but violated one of my own pet peeves... I failed to research previous posts in the forum. Shame on me! Embarassed
Anyway, it looks as though the best thing to do is build a complete box and offset it from the foundation. Thanks again SFG forum!
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