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I would add dirt so that water has a tendency to run away from the foundation and onto the driveway. Grass or other vegetation should be added so rain does not beat down and carry the dirt away, onto the driveway too.
If there is enough space, a thin layer of gravel could be used to protect the soil from being washed away without allowing a pocket of water to remain against the foundation.
The disadvantages of crab apple trees. In summer, the apples are too sour to pick and eat. In winter the birds come and leave dropping all over the place.