A Few Ways That Landscaping Can Protect You From Flooding
There sure has been a lot of rain recently. Texas is experiencing a deluge from Hurricane Harvey. But even here in Southwest Florida, we have seen localized flooding. Is there a lot of rain where you live? Is there the potential for a lot of rain? If so, you may want to consider these landscaping tips that can help protect a home or building from flooding by directing runoff and rain water away from structures all while adding curb appeal, and hopefully value to the location.
Surface Water Drainage
Water tends to collect in places that have no regular drainage like parking lots, patios, sidewalks, or other solid surfaces. Adding planting beds to the sides of these areas that are designed to channel the water away from structures and toward storm drains or retention ponds is a great way to protect those structures from water damage. You can also use plants in these beds that are very thirsty if you are doing this in an area that has a lot of rainfall. With this method, you are reducing the cost of watering the plants by directing rainwater from around the property to the plants that want it the most.
Create a French Drain
It even sounds fancy doesn’t it? A French Drain. It does look nice, and it protects structures and existing landscaping from flooding. A French Drain is simply a drainage channel that is filled with rocks. The channel directs water away from existing landscaping and structures, and sends it to an area of your choosing. The rocks fill in the channel to keep it from being a hazard, but still allow for the water to flow between and around the rocks.
If there is a slope on the property that you are designing landscaping for, then creating a dry streambed is a great idea. Not only does it look great, and add curb appeal, but when the torrential rains arrive, it acts as a real streambed. A dry streambed creates a natural path for water and acts as a containment barrier.
A dry streambed is a great addition if you are making a relaxing garden with sitting areas and pathways. Just imagine a pathway with a small bridge going over a stone dry streambed.
Add a Catch basin
If subtlety is more of the thing you are looking for, you can always add a catch basin. A Catch Basin is simply a drain connected to underground piping that leads out to a storm drain, swale, or retention pond. These are usually done with a gravity feed.
Catch Basins are good if you want something that is unseen, but does the job. Of course, the disadvantage of a catch basin is that they can get clogged.
Any of these landscaping ideas can help protect a structure from flooding and add beauty and value to a property. Just make sure to call a qualified Landscaper to plan out your project, and get it done right.