First and foremost, a good landscape design should first address any existing or potential drainage problems. Water, as vital as it is, is also a terribly destructive force. Recognizing the potential for problems is the first step in heading them off.
A reputable landscape designer will make a careful assessment of the ‘lay of the land’ before planning a design, and will identify and remedy areas with drainage issues. Though not a ‘glamorous’ part of a landscape project, it is an important one!
Outdoors, poor drainage can drown your lawn and expensive plantings, cause retaining walls to fail, and leave you with a muddy mess of a yard. Indoors, you may face a leaky basement, mold, and mildew.
What can you do?
First, make sure the ground slopes away from the foundation of your home, and extend downspouts away from the house. Then consider a subsurface drainage system, constructed with durable PVC piping. This will either direct the water away (to the street or another appropriate location) or allow it to gradually percolate through the subsoil. A drainage system may make use of any of the following:
- Re-grading the contours of the property
- A French drain system consisting of gravel, filter fabric, and perforated pipe
- Channel drains on hardscape surfaces
- Catch basins to collect the water before it drains through piping
- Natural or man-made swales
If you know or suspect that you have a drainage problem on your property, we can help! Give us a call – we’ll be happy to assess the situation and help you make sure a small issue does not become a bigger issue!