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5 Landscape Solutions for Poor Yard Drainage

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If your home has improper drainage, you may experience flooding around the foundation of the home, which increases the risk of damaging the foundation or flooding the basement. Luckily, even if you live in an area with lots of rainfall, there are some landscaping solutions you can use to boost your yard's drainage.

If you're sick of pooling water destroying your yard, check out these five landscape solutions for drainage so you can properly maintain your home.

1. Use Ground Coverage 

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to help promote better drainage is to ensure your ground is covered. The more ground coverage that you have (ground coverage includes things such as grass, mulch, plants, and more), the more the water gets absorbed, which means better drainage. Similarly, if you don't have plenty of ground coverage, even if you have good drainage, you may experience a lot of erosion, which can destroy your yard or promote more flooding. Simply by covering your dirt with vegetation, you can prevent much of this erosion, so your yard will keep looking great.

2. Adjust the Yard's Grade

Ideally, your yard should slope away from your home, promoting water to drain away from the foundation. This is particularly important if your yard contains a lot of clay because the water doesn't soak into the ground as well. It may also be a big problem if your gutters are poorly maintained or clogged because that will cause water to spill and pool. One of the most basic solutions is to have your grade adjusted by professionals so the water drains toward the road.

3. Use River Rocks

Another great choice is to use river rocks or create your own creek bed to help redirect water. Not only does this add some extra style to your yard, but it is a great way to prevent water from pooling in low spots. Many homeowners also use river rocks to create French drains. French drains commonly deliver water to dry wells, which hold excess water, allowing the water to drain slowly without pooling on the surface of your yard.

4. Plant a Rain Garden

River rocks and creek beds can also be used to direct water to rain gardens. A rain garden is simply a garden with plants and flowers that love water. If you don't need or want to install a French drain or creek bed, simply plant your rain garden where water already collects. It's best to choose plants that consume a lot of water, but regardless of what you plant, the extra foliage will help contain the water, so it can drain slowly without causing erosion, flooding, or other problems.

5. Repave Your Driveway

Your driveway or patio can create major drainage problems, especially if you have a solid concrete or asphalt driveway or patio because these materials don't absorb water well. Concrete is more porous, so it does a better job of absorbing water than asphalt, but if you still experience flooding, you may need to use paving materials that allow small gaps. This is known as permeable paving and it exposes the ground more, which allows water to drain better.

Water may be necessary for keeping your yard green and lush, but too much can kill plants, erode your soil, cause flooding, and destroy your foundation. For this reason, it's important to ensure your yard drains away from the home without pooling. Adding some drains or special landscaping may be all you need to stop flooding once and for all. For more information about landscape solutions to fix drainage, contact us at CDS Landscaping & Tree Services, LLC, today.

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