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Suggestions for preventing weeds yet wont harbor moisture?

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Along the front of our house from the driveway to the front steps is a small area, roughly 10ft by 5 ft that my wife wants to plant flowers. This is the North side of the house and does not get much sun so the ground rarely gets a chance to dry out. The basement wall right at this site has effloresence that I think is likely from moisutre instrusion through the foundation brick wall. The last thing I want is to put material for weed control that will harbor moisture in the ground. We had cedar mulch there for several years and it seemed to keep the ground very wet and I think that may be contributing to the basement problem.

Ill take any suggestions for materials that help prevent weeds yet allow moisture to move. Im thinking weed fabric with topsoil overtop, graded away from the house. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

Thanks :thumbsup:
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Creamaster, I think those will be the most expensive flowers in the world if they exacerbate the moisture-near-the-basement problem.

Consider this: grade the soil away from the basement, install landscape fabric and a light (esthetic, not purposeful) layer of mulch. Dig holes through the fabric at the point farthest from the basement (the size of 5-gallon planters - as purchased from a nursery). Plant her flowers in the pots and set those in the recessed holes. If you are able, install an empty 5-gallon pot in each hole and leave it there permanently to maintain the shape. Use another 5-gallon pot to plant in, then set it inside the permanent plastic pot. Watering and fertilizing will be spot specific. And repotting will be easier than if you planted in the ground.

Porous weed-barrier fabric is essential. No matter how you grade the site, rain WILL get underneath the weed-barrier fabric. If you were to use non-porous plastic, evaporation would be zero.
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