Landscaping to Minimize Flooding

Landscaping to Minimize FloodingThousands of dollars are spent by home and business owners each year attempting to repair damages done by flooding. These dollars can be put to better use by proactively preventing the flooding. A property owner can prevent flood damage and increase the appeal of your home or business by landscaping to minimize flooding.

Flooding can also lead to pollution in local water systems. Rainwater carrying pesticides and sediment from treated soil to nearby ecosystems can wreak havoc. If your business or residential property has flooding issues, 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. The method you choose minimize flooding will not be the same for everyone. In certain cases some methods will work better than others. Here are some of the most commonly used landscaping improvements.

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.

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 the plants. When planting a rain garden, use plants that are native to the area and have long roots. Long roots will allow the plants to soak up the most water possible. Native plants will also require less maintenance than exotic ones.

Create a Swale

A swale is a man-made canal that is designed to redirect water to a desired drainage point. Place rocks at the base of the swale. Then add water-loving plants along the outside to soak up water while the rest is transported to the drainage point. Designing a swale so that the drainage point is in an area that will not cause harm to the surrounding ecosystem or a nearby neighbor.

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 minimized.

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.

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