Now I realize I need to take some measures to keep water away but we built a flower bed and now the ground level is significanly closer to the wall than previously. I am not sure I can ever completely keep water from getting to the level of the stuco wall. Additionally, ants were coming in from these gaps in the wall and getting into the house.
?Is it bad that I covered these holes? What damage will that cause? is that worse than getting water in the house?
Picture attached shows where we tarred the metal lathe. For reference the top of the black is the bottom of the wall and then the majority of the black tar is on the foundation and you can see the dirt is about 4 inches from the bottom of the stuco wall