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How To Use Bushes Against A House

Planting bushes beside a house is an effective way to make your landscape more attractive. These bushes are not only aesthetically pleasing but are also functional. This is because plants help to prevent water damage to homes by drawing up any excess water. They can also help with soil retention. Prior to selecting bushes, take in to account both the plant's characteristics as well as the site where they will be planted. Think about the direction that the home's walls are facing, since this will affect the amount of sunlight the bushes will receive. It's also vital to understand the potential problems that can occur when planting bushes up against a structure.

Certain Concerns

Although many people plant bushes next to a house without any problems, it is possible for the plant's wood to attract termites. This can lead to termites invading the house itself. Make sure that the structure is treated against termites. Another issue is mulch. Adding mulch to the bed can reduce the amount of watering and weeding required, but it's important that your mulch doesn't touch your house's foundation.


It's a good idea to plant bushes far enough away that there will be 5 feet separating completely grown bushes from your home. Make sure to dig a hole when planting that is approximately double the size of the container the bush is in. You should consider this when choosing a location to plant. Bushes should also be trimmed regularly to avoid contact with air conditioners and to prevent them from impeding airflow from nearby foundation vents. Also prior to planting, determine where the utility lines are located on the property so you can avoid them.

Growing Conditions

Take the time to observe the area which you are considering planting bushes. You should try to figure out the amount of sunlight this spot gets daily. The definition of "full sun" is a location that receives direct sunlight for 6 hours daily. If, on the other hand, a spot receives 4-6 hours daily, this spot is only receiving "partial shade" or "partial sun." Less than this is simply called "shade." Your bush's sunlight requirements for proper growth will depend on which category the particular type of bush falls into. It's also important to choose a spot that has the correct soil for your plants. You can determine what type of soil you have by checking with a nursery in your area. 

For more landscaping information, check out companies such as Randles Landscape & Design