Do you find yourself surrounded by puddles, a muddy lawn and raised bed full of water whenever it rains? Not only can this be incredibly annoying, poor landscape drainage can lead to:
- Damaged foundations
- Unhealthy grass and plants
- Increased health hazards from mosquitoes, fungus growth and disease
And, if water is not properly diverted away from your house, it may ultimately find its way into your basement, creating other costly-to-fix issues.
Well placed drainage in a yard can mean the difference between a perfectly green, lush lawn and a wet, swampy area that’s unusable.
How do you know if you have a drainage issue? After a heavy rainfall, any yard can become a bit swampy. But if your yard:
- Always has areas of standing water
- Low spots that collect water when it rains
- Soil erosion on uneven ground
Then you need to pursue a landscape drainage solution.
Landscape Drainage Options
You may need to employ one or more drainage solutions depending on the type of problem you have on your property. A professional team of landscape construction and drainage experts can create a plan that will address your situation. This plan could include:
- Grading your land to ensure proper water run off onto lower parts of the property
- Adding or changing the soil and plants that help absorb the water
- Properly installing gutters and downspouts that divert water from your home and foundation
- Building a retaining wall to prevent soil and water from entering into your yard
- Installing a drain system to redirect the flow of water to dry areas or away from your property altogether
If you do need to install a drain, there are a variety of drainage solutions available to help draw excess water away from your foundation and landscaping. The majority of these are relatively easy to install and low profile, so you will barely notice them after they are installed.
Many area drains consist of a simple drain that connects to an underground pipe. These drains are perfect for low areas in your yard or garden that constantly collect water when it rains. By moving the water away from your home and into the street, you not only save your garden and foundation from damage, but also prevent the growth of mosquitoes.
One of the best ways to save your lawn or garden from patio runoff is to install a channel drain. These drains are long channels that are installed into a concrete surface, such as the sidewalk. The water runs into pipes below the surface, which carry the water away from your home. Many landscapers recommend this type of drain to be installed around pools in order to protect your lawn from flooding.
French drains are a great solution for improving the drainage of your raised planters and other landscaping. This type of drain utilizes a drain wrapped in landscape fabric. The drain is then covered in rock. The combination of the rock and landscape fabric helps to keep roots and soil from clogging the drain.
Foundation drains direct water away from a foundation to eliminate the moisture from entering your basement and potentially causing structural damage and cracks in the foundation. New construction requires foundation drains to be installed, but older homes may not have them in place. These drainage systems are installed outside the edge of foundations as well as systems that are installed under foundations.
When you are making your master landscaping plans, it is very easy to completely overlook the importance of maintaining good drainage throughout your entire property. Doing so, however, can ultimately lead to the sabotage of all of your hard work. Without proper drainage, you could find your entire landscaping undone at the hands of the next heavy rain. Make landscape drainage one of the cornerstones of your planning process. As always, work with a local landscape construction company to make sure that your lawn and garden stays beautiful, regardless of how much it rains.