Importance of Drainage for Your Landscape

In Summer on May 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Written by admin
Many homeowners exert plenty of effort into maintaining a healthy lawn or building their landscapes into an impressive display, but the issue of drainage is often overlooked.  It is important for a lawn or landscape to have proper drainage because a lack of drainage can lead to a range of problems such as soggy areas, week turf, weed growth, and home flooding.  Each of these problems can be highly destructive and very expensive to correct, making it necessary to ensure that your yard or landscape is draining properly. Drainage Types One type of lawn drainage system is surface drainage.  This drainage type is dependent on the pitch and contours of the lawn to help direct the water.  The lawn should be angled away from the house, garage, or any other structure or area that could be damaged by standing water.  If the lawn is not pitched correctly, it could cause flooding within the house or excessive puddling which could result in bare patches, disease, and weed outbreaks. The other main type of drainage system is subsurface drainage.  These drainage systems can take several forms such as gravel trenches and perforated pipes that are installed beneath the surface.  Subsurface drainage systems divert water away from the home either to a desired drainage area or to a drainage tile.  These systems can be installed in several combinations and a landscaping professional can help you decide on the best option for your lawn. Solving Drainage Problems If you are experiencing drainage problems with your lawn, there are several things you can do to help resolve the issue.  One way you can resolve drainage issues is by fixing low spots in the lawn.  This can be done by filling the low spots with topsoil and reseeding it like a bare patch for new growth.  Sometimes aeration may be necessary to break up soil at a low area or if the area has lush turf, it must be peeled back and replaced with new sod to level out the ground. Another way to resolve drainage issues is by digging a hole and filling it with gravel.  This hole will collect water and cause it to dissipate faster to avoid damaging the surrounding areas.  The next option to resolve draining issues is to install a surface or subsurface drainage system in your landscape to help divert the water away from your home and lawn. Improper drainage in your landscape can cause a variety of issues including soggy turf which could lead to root rot, weed outbreaks in weak areas, and lawn diseases.  It is best to get any drainage issues resolved to prevent these problems from returning to your landscape each year.  If you need professional assistance with the drainage issues in your landscape, contact Green T Landscaping.  We provide and install a number of drainage systems to ensure that your landscape drains properly.    Comment »
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