You Bet Your Garden

Keeping Your Plants at a Distance


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Is it ever OK to plant right up against the house? On this week’s You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will help you correctly distance your horticulture. Plus: How fig trees started it all and may save us all in the end. Or prevent the end. And your fabulous phone calls.


Question of the Week:

“Are there ornamental grasses or other plants with less invasive roots that I can plant right up next to my house? I have a brick home with a concrete foundation and would like to plant something next to the house to cover up the first brick or two and give some ‘volume’ right next to the house. Obviously, moisture and roots are problems I have to worry about. I know that the conventional advice is to plant further out than the plant’s dripline. But is there anything I can plant closer in, right up against the house?”-Phil in Wyndmoor, PA

Find out how close you can plant next to a house »

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