Wet spots are a common issue that happens in many yards. The problem with these is because they will cause your grass and plants to die because they are not meant to be soaked underwater for too long. Soggy areas can cause leakage in your basement areas. So, what causes this wet spot? More often than not, having a lot of wet spots means that you have a poor drainage system in your yard. When your yard is not draining properly, you will have to experience plenty of drained problems which may cause costly problems in the future.
Worse, all these waters might end up in your home. If you are having problems with your drainage system in your yard, it is time to look for a solution. Using a drainage solution for utility or beautification purposes is a great idea. Do not let your yard turn into a swamp and becomes unusable to your family and friends. Here are some drainage solutions for you:
- Grading and Swales
A subtle grading can help move surface water away from your house. You will be surprised how a simple grading can do wonders for your drainage system. You can make a small swale on your property to carry the water from your gutter away from your property. You may like to put river rocks in the area where the water will be carried away, then plant them flowering plants that thrive in wet environments.
- Construct a creek bed
Constructing a creek bed will not just give your property a drainage solution but will also improve its appearance. Your creek bed will channel the water away from your house down to your low areas such as a dry well or a rain garden. Your rain garden will be filled with perennial plants.
Make sure your downspouts are a few meters away from your home. A lot of rain can turn your downspouts into hoses which can destroy your plant beds and can even pose a threat to your basement.
- Install pervious pavement
Pervious pavement, also known as permeable pavement, is a type of pavement wherein the materials used have high porosity so that the water will easily pass through it down to the ground below. Pervious pavement is great for areas that incline slightly, making the water flow through it easily.
- French drain
Installing a French drain is one of the most commonly used drainage solutions in properties that get water runoff from more elevated areas. A French drain is a landscape with a trench filled with gravel. Aside from being an inexpensive solution, it also adds to the aesthetic appeal of your property. Most often, a perforated drain pipe is located below the ground and covered with grasses.
Whatever type of drainage solution you want to install, make sure it will work best for your yard and suit your needs as well. If you can’t install the abovementioned landscaping drainage solutions, then calling a professional to work on it the best option. Call us here at Campbell & Ferrara at (703)-354-6724 for a professional landscaping consultation. We are experts with years of experience in all landscaping and home improvement projects.