Landscaping to Minimize Flooding

Lawn and home due to spring flooding.Thousands of dollars are spent by home and business owners each year attempting to repair damages done by flooding, when they could be used proactively. Being prepared before it’s too late is the best way to fight against flood damage. By landscaping to minimalize flooding, a property owner can prevent flood damage and increase the appeal of your home or business. Flooding can also lead to pollution in local water systems, rainwater carrying pesticides and sediment from treated soil to nearby ecosystems and wreak havoc. To avoid flooding of flooding of homes and their yards, as well as preventing damage to businesses and their clients, take a look at options to remove the risk of flooding by landscaping your property.

Landscape and Drainage Improvement

No two pieces of land are exactly the same no matter where you look. Due to this, the method you choose to fight against flooding will not be the same for everyone. In certain cases some methods will work better than others. In order to find out what would work best for you consider contacting a professional at New England Enterprises. Here are some of the most commonly used landscaping improvements.

  1. Grade Your Lawn: A landscape that is graded towards your home rather than away is at a higher risk of flooding. To best protect your home from flooding grading should be about two to three inches for every ten feet. This should apply to all sides of your home so that the ground has a sloping surface away from your home. For added protection a dry creek can be installed. By digging a creek that leads away from your home and laying down rocks your newly graded yard will have a system to redirect water away from your home.
  2. Plant a Rain Garden: A rain garden is a garden designed to soak up flood waters. Rather than redirecting the water to a drainage point a rain garden will give the water a place to pool and eventually be soaked up by plants inhibiting the garden. When planting a rain garden it is best to use plants that are native to the area and ones that have long roots. Long roots will allow the plants to soak up the most amount of water possible and by choosing native plants they will require less maintenance than exotic ones.
  3. Create a Swale: A swale is a manmade canal that is designed to redirect water to a desired drainage point. By placing rocks at the base of the swale and adding plants to the outsides some of the water will be soaked up while the rest is transported to the drainage point. When designing a swale ensure that the drainage point is sufficient and is in an area that will not cause harm to the surrounding ecosystem or a nearby neighbor.
  4. Impermeable Surface Drainage: Chances are you’ve got an impermeable surface on your property besides your roof. Driveways, parking lots, and walkways can all create flooding zones. By adding drainage systems on either side of the area, flooding can be minimalized. Something as simple as laying down small rocks, to adding plants along the sides can go a long way. However if flooding is a serious issue in these areas, look at adding some of the above options. These methods will allow for more water to be absorbed into the ground through the gaps rather than pooling on top of concrete or asphalt.

While the number one reason to consider these landscape modifications will be to control flooding, these additions can also bring up the value of your property. Aesthetic modifications can go a long way and will be sure to catch the eye of anyone passing by. New England Enterprises is dedicated to providing the upmost best service around. If you’re looking to get started on a modification project to change and protect your backyard you can set up a consultation with us today!