8 Dry areas under eaves/problematic foundation plantings
Because the ground around house foundations under the eaves is necessarily dry, it invites cats to use it as a litter box. Putting down a band of river rock will discourage both cats and weeds and look good to boot. Resist the urge to put so-called foundation plantings too close to the house – not only will they impede home maintenance and painting but they’ll also suffer from being dry in summer and overloaded with snow and ice falling off the roof in winter. For best effect, remove any ratty overgrown plants and install a mix of slow-growing shrubs and evergreens and keep them tidily pruned and mulched.
Tip: If snow is an issue, pick plants that can withstand snow load, or can be cut right back for winter.