One of the inspection notes from when I bought my home was the dirt making contact with the posts on the deck:
I dug out the dirt and it looks like this: https://ibb.co/album/nBumDv
As you can see in the first two pics, there is some rot at the the base of one of the posts. The other posts did not look as bad. There is one tricky portion in a few pics where you can see the wood running along the dirt. Now that i've dug out the posts and its raining, some posts just have water pooling by them. For now, putting the dirt back is better than standing water correct?
How bad does the rot look in that first post?
For the wood thats just running along the dirt, is the best way just to clear some space below it and remove any dirt that's touching the wood?
Should I fill in the cavities that I just created with gravel? If so, what type? I'm concerned I now have area for water to pool and damage even further. Is there anything else I could do to the posts or fill in the surrounding area to help temporarily alleviate the issue?
Any other thoughts or recommendations?