08:41AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 02/04/03
12 lifetime posts
Our house is cedar siding. To one side of the house there is an area that I would love to make a raise bed. Should I be concerned about the raised bed 9dirt/mulch) touching the cedar siding? I'm afraid doing this may rot the siding or attract termites? Is there a way for me to protect the house?


10:48AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
Yes, the way to protect your house and the siding is to avoid letting the soil and the siding come into contact with each other. In other words, don't raise the bed to the point where the soil touches the siding. In fact, don't let them get any closer to each other than about 6 inches.

If you must have a garden along the side of the house, allow for an unplanted area at least a foot wide between the house and the garden...where nothing grows...where the soil can't touch the wood.

You're absolutely right...the wood will rot, and you'll be sending out an invitation to neon lights.

[This message has been edited by treebeard (edited April 23, 2003).]


04:09AM | 04/24/03
Member Since: 02/04/03
12 lifetime posts
Thanks- very helpful!!


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