Replaced by SP-43. Home landscaping and maintenance on swelling soil. 31 pages. 35 figures. 3 appendices. Digital PDF download. SP-14D
The information contained in this publication is intended to assist Colorado homeowners in minimizing damage caused by swelling bentonite soil. Although we have emphasized improvements that homeowners themselves can and should make, we do not imply that all or even most swelling soil-related damage is caused by neglect or ignorance on the part of the homeowner. In fact, major factors such as foundation design, basic construction quality, and the broad aspects of surface drainage are usually predetermined by others and are beyond the homeowner’s control. This report discusses swelling soils, groundwater, landscaping, and maintenance.