The first step to successful landscape design starts with the right drainage system. As we all know, water is heavy and gravity pulls it down to the lowest point. This means that if water pools on your property, it ends up seeping into the ground and draining into your neighbor’s yard. The result? Your lawn becomes soggy and unusable while their driveway looks like a lake Every yard has drainage problems. It can be as simple as a small puddle or it could result in an ugly pond that never seems to go away. The yard is the most vulnerable because water flows downhill and collects on your property, taking up valuable space for kids or pets to play and turning your yard into a boggy mess! Team Paradise offers creative yard drainage solutions in Annapolis and the surrounding areas.
We are a leader in yard drainage solutions in Annapolis, Maryland. Our experienced team of professionals can handle any project, large or small. Is it your home or property that all the other people’s water drains to? Do you believe you must have a pond in your garden whenever it rains? Paradise Landscape and Hardscape can assist. On-site storm water collection, retention, and discharge through gravel-free dry wells are possible with us.
After rain, standing pools of water are one of the earliest indicators of a drainage problem in your yard. The soil should absorb as much water as it needs before the natural slopes of your yard redirect excess rainfall away from your home. When water accumulates in your yard, it’s usually due to low spots that collect water, compaction of the soil.
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A few tips and ideas for standing water in your yard:
- Determine where the water congregates, then divert it away from those locations with a French drain, a catch basin, or a swale. A swale is a shallow channel that collects and redirects runoff water. Direct runoff water away from your property and toward an appropriate location such as a street drain or a natural body of water.
- If you live in a region with thick, clay-like soil or recently completed a large construction project like an in-ground pool, your soil might be compacted. Using a cultivator to loosen the dirt and mix in high-quality topsoil will help remedy this condition. If the grass is washing away the topsoil and can take several months to a year.
- If your yard is still damp after the rain, you may have underground springs that are flooding it. In this situation, use the water by growing a rain garden in the affected area. Excavate and fill the problem region with a blend of soil and gravel. To create a low-maintenance self-watering garden, put water-loving plants around.
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Flooding might not be the only consequence of yard drainage issues. Erosion of soil can also be a serious problem. If runoff water is hurting your landscape, consider these options:
- Consider adding more hardscaping features to your yard, especially in problem areas, such as driveways and sidewalks.
- Make a dry creek bed by digging a trench and covering it with landscape fabric before filling it with gravel. Large stones and rocks are placed along the border of the filled-in trench to keep the soil on either side in place as water travels through and over top of the dry creek bed.
- To keep mulch in place, line the perimeter of garden beds with pebbles and pretty rocks.
To level your yard for you, you don’t always need a professional. You can usually fix it yourself with one of the techniques we’ve described above if you know what’s causing the problem but, Paradise Landscape and Hardscape has a team of experts ready to help fix all your yard drainage problems! Walkways, patios and paths can collect water and flood when not graded. This problem is most common for cement or sealed brick pathways that don’t allow water to flow through them.
To prevent pooling on your paths and patios, our experts can any of these solutions:
- • To allow rainwater to flow, we can install or replace existing pathways with gravel or stepping stones. Or, we use gravel or segmented pieces to repair only the section with the most severe flooding problem.
- We can also Install a catch basin. Water will flow through the catch basin’s grate, then carried away via an underground drain. Installing a catch basin is time-consuming work.
- To install a pipe or a drain that allows water to flow under so that it does not pool between the edge of the walkway and home foundation, dig beneath the path.
- Because of the location of your gutter downspouts, your pathways and patio may be inundated. Change the downspouts so that the water goes somewhere else.