Winter is actually a great time to get some of those tough yard issues resolved. One problem to solve off-season and in between snow storms is yard drainage. Not only will it help keep water away from your foundation as snow melts, but if you get it fixed in the winter, you’ll be ready for those spring storms with their heavy downpours.
One of the most common fixes for drainage issues is a French drain. Thought to have originated from simple ditches, the French drain simply a trench filled with gravel or rock or containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area. They are used to solve a variety of issues, from keeping water away from foundations to relieving ground water pressure behind retaining walls. If you have an area of your yard that simply takes forever to dry, then a French drain may be your solution.
Sometimes grading is the answer to your drainage issues. Many builders pay little attention to how they grade lots when building new homes. This could leave you with water flowing right into your basement every time it rains. Grading simply adjusts the slope of your yard to a level that will move ground water away from your home, instead of towards it.
If a French drain isn’t an option and grading doesn’t fit the problem, then maybe you need a swale. Swales are basically ditches, or places where a landscaper purposefully intersects two slopes in order to create a place to hold water. Swales can really be as simple as a ditch, but they can also be much more complex and purposeful. They can solve a variety of dilemmas, from capturing water for agricultural purposes to stopping erosion through diversion ditches.
If one of your properties landscape issues is drainage, contact Sunrise Landscape and Design to find the drainage solution that works best for you this winter. Our qualified landscape professionals can guide you through French drains, grading, and swales, so that together, we can find the answer that is right for your property. Winter really is a great time to address those important yard projects and prepare yourself, your yard, and your home for the wet days just around the corner.
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