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Question: I have bought an old home. The dirt line on the house is only about one inch below where the slab meets the bricks. I would like to put a raised flower bed next to the house but it will be about 12 inches on the bricks. Can I put one here and how do I protect my home and bricks for the damge of the flower beds.

Answer: Shani,

The weep holes at the bottom of the brick wall are important for draining away any water that might collect behind the wall and must not be covered up. Covering them can allow water to move behind the bricks causing rot of the wood in your walls. These holes are also a favorite entry point for termites, another reason not to cover them up.

If you want to build a raised bed it needs to have a back wall that is a few inches away from the brick wall of your home. This allows you or a termite inspector to treat that area or at least be able to check it for signs of entry.

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