Five Great Landscape Drainage Solutions
Fall is the perfect time to implement some new landscape features. The cooler weather is ideal for outdoor work and with perennials entering hibernation and annuals dying, you don’t have to worry about destroying your existing features to upgrade your yard. One of the most important things you can do for the safety of your home is to ensure that your landscape has proper drainage. This will not only reduce the standing water that attracts pests and damages your lawn, flowers, shrubs, and trees, but will reduce the hydrostatic pressure around your home that can cause basement moisture and damage your foundation. Here are five different landscape drainage solutions you can implement in your yard:
- Downspout Extensions: Though it seems like a very simple solution, downspout extensions can make a huge impact on the drainage of your lawn. By installing downspout extensions, you can direct the flow of water away from both your home and the low level areas of your yard that trap water.
- French Drains: French drains are essentially a trench that is filled with stones and a perforated pipe. French drains can direct excess surface and groundwater away from anywhere it is accumulating. The best part about French drains is with an eye for design, they can actually be incorporated as an attractive element of your landscape design.
- Drainage Swales: Drainage swales are a low tract of land that are designed to manage and direct rainwater runoff. Drainage swales can also be an attractive feature of your landscaping because they can add dimension and grading.
- Regrading: Regrading is when the turf and soil are either lowered or raised. Regrading directs the flow of water in your yard and reduces areas of low level ground where stagnant water can build. Regrading is a more involved landscaping option, but is an extremely effective way to deal with excess water.
- Retaining Walls: Retaining walls can be a great solution for water management. Built in tandem with French drains, drainage swales, and regrading, they can block and redirect water. They can also act as an attractive way to connect different drainages systems and add interest to your landscaping.
If you have excess water build up in your yard, you may want to consider adding one of the great features. Our experts at AA Action waterproofing can help! We can design a customized landscaping plan to manage water runoff, standing water, and hydrostatic pressure that is both functional and attractive. So call us today for a free consultation to see how a little Fall landscaping can help protect your home.