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Best Practices for Dealing with Stormwater

Landscaping Solutions for Dealing With Stormwater

If you’ve ever watched in horror as a seemingly endless torrential downpour of rain steadily floods your yard, you’ve had first-hand experience with the effects of improper drainage and adequate rain run-off. Amazingly enough, the increase in developed areas and the lessening of the natural landscape where rain can be absorbed into the plants and soil create the perfect storm – no pun intended – where stormwater can quickly cause flooding.

A few additions to your landscape design will encourage stormwater to run off properly and help manage the amount of erosion your soil experiences so that your yard won’t start to resemble the community pool during your next storm.

Drive It Away With Driveways

Driveways cause significant issues in flooding from stormwater, as they are a barrier between the soil and leave the water with no place to go. Installing drainage on the sides of the pavement, however, is one effective tool in reducing the risk of flood, though using gravel, paver stones or grass in driveways is even more effective for creating runoff.

Go Green Roof

Green roofs are especially beneficial in reducing the risk of flooding from stormwater, and if you have a flat or gently sloping roof, a modular unit can often be installed without a great deal of expense. Green roofs help absorb rainwater, but they also have the added benefit of providing greater insulation for a home and thereby reducing heating and cooling costs. Studies have also shown that they can increase the longevity of a roof.

Mulch It

Using heavier mulch such as those made of hardwoods rather than pine will help lessen storm cleanup from mulch that has migrated during a heavy rain. Its heavier weight will also reduce the risk that it will end up being washed away into storm drains, where it can build up and cause flooding.

Spout Off With Rainspouts

Installing rainspouts that divert the rain will prevent flooding next to the exterior walls of your home and are essential in redirecting the flow of water out to lower ground.

Plant Out Rain Gardens

Rain gardens provide a natural place for rainwater to pool during a downpour, where it will collect and be absorbed slowly back into the soil to be used by the plants in the garden. Most rain gardens range from 50-100 square feet, but even small rain gardens can significantly reduce flooding and runoff.

Swale Away

A swale refers to any depression in the landscape that redirects water drainage. Swales provide the most benefit when their lowest point has been lined with rocks and have deep-rooting plants added to their slopes, all of which work to slow the water’s path to the drain. Swales should always channel the flow of the water somewhere that the excess water can safely be released and cause no flooding. Areas that experience frequent flooding should be directed into to a garden bed with efficient drainage and a high tolerance for water or a dry well.

Give the team of outdoor experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc. a call today to learn more about our stormwater landscape solutions and how we can create an Executive Masterpiece for you!