Solving Drainage and Erosion Issues in your Landscape

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Solving Drainage and Erosion Issues in your Landscape

If you own a home, chances are that at some point weather conditions, perhaps too much rain, ice melting, or even wind, have caused a certain amount of drainage and erosion issues on your property.  This is all but a certainty if your home is on a slope. What are the telling signs?  Exposed roots, gutted out areas on your lawn or swampy and puddled sections are a clear indication that it’s time to act and stop the deterioration from getting worse.  This is where a professional landscaping company can help.  It’s imperative to assess the depth and severity of the issue at the outset so that you can determine the best method for preventing additional damage.   The professionals at Sunrise Landscape and Design can provide an accurate diagnosis of the extent of the damage and will help you make the right decision as to the course of action you should take, saving you time, money and your landscape in the process.

The easiest and possibly the most economical way to battle an eroding yard is to plant, plant, plant!  Planting flowers and trees acts as a shield, lessening the impact of rainfall, ice, and wind that can wash away the soil. These plants and trees also help stabilize the dirt by putting in roots that anchor the soil and soak up excess water. Be sure what you decide to plant is native to your area (we can help with that too) so that it is likely to grow a healthy root structure.  Wild flowers work well for blanketing an area prone to soil erosion, as do herbs or shrubs.

Once you plant, consider adding a layer of mulch and fertilizer.  Each of these will help the ground absorb water.  Frequent mulching is key, not only because it adds an extra layer of protection and insulation, but also because it contributes higher levels to the PH of the soil.

The other major hazard to your lawn’s health is when your home is on a slope and has poor drainage.  Inadequate pitch or a slope in your yard will allow the water to pool and not be piped away from your property.  Take the time to observe where the issue might REALLY be originating before you dive deep into the solution.  The solution might be as simple as redirecting a down spout or running the discharge pipe from your sump pump to a different location.

solving drainage issuesThere are many creative ways to correct drainage issues and Sunrise Landscape and Design has the experience and vision to solve the problem and at the same time enhance the beauty of your landscape.  Some of our favorite solutions include retaining walls, rain gardens and dry creek beds.

  • Retaining walls can be both aesthetic and functional. While their primary purpose is function, a well-designed retaining wall can be a beautiful element in landscape design.  Flower beds, terraces, stone work and many other options are all creative solutions to a landscape issue.
  • Rain gardens can be created by converting a low, wet area with water tolerant plants. Perennials and shrubs that tolerate pooling water and can withstand drought are perfect for rain gardens.  Make sure to locate the garden at least 10 feet away from the home to prevent water seepage into the basement.
  • Dry creek beds are an attractive way to channel water from heavy down pours and prevent those gutted out areas in your landscape. Attractive river rock, 1-1/2 inch in diameter is a great start and can be enhanced with larger decorative rocks.

So, if you suspect you have any of these issues give us a call.  We’ll be happy to come by and help you either prevent any impending damage or stop the progress of existing wear and tear on your valuable landscape investment.


Sunrise Landscape and Design provides superior landscape and design, and landscape management services to Northern Virginia. Our landscape and design services include various hardscapes such as water features, patios, walkways, fire features and landscape lighting. Our property maintenance services will keep your landscape vibrant and healthy year round with mulching, edging, garden cleanups, lawn mowing, tree pruning and mosquito/deer control. Contact us today for all your landscape and lawn care needs!