While it's important to have a plan for your landscape, it's more important to have a good plan in place for drainage. Not only do your plants need the right ratio of water to dry soil, you have to make sure that you keep water from building up around your home's foundation. To do that, you'll need to use one of many different types of drainage solutions to keep the water moving away from the house.
Ditch drains are as simple as they sound. Homeowners can dig a small trench or ditch alongside the yard's edge, and this helps to guide the water away from the central portion of the yard as well as the house. This type of drain can be as simple as an empty dirt ditch or as complex as one finished with a concrete lining. This type of drain system works best with yards that have at least a small percentage of natural slope already so that the water has a natural flow.
The idea behind a catch drain is to capture the water, either from roof gutters or other locations, and then physically divert the water away from the house and the yard. The benefit to this type of drainage solution is that the system doesn't rely on the water finding its own path. The water is actively directed to the ultimate basin or drain.
Although they sound pretty fancy, French drains are actually pretty simple. They involve using drainage pipes that are perforated. The pipes then get buried into the yard, so they blend in perfectly with your landscaping. As the water falls and sinks to the level of the drainage pipes, the pipes divert the water to a more useful location. They also fit well into raised beds, so homeowners can use French drains with a variety of landscaping options.
Channel drains work well in between landscaping and patios or decks. They usually feature a channel covered by some type of grate or covering that helps to keep lawn debris out of the channel. Channel drains are particularly effective around pools because they can handle the job of regular rain run-off as well as overflow from the pool area.
If you need some help with drainage in your lawn, contact an expert who can assess your needs. Once the drainage expert looks at your particular situation, he or she can install the exact type of drain that you need to keep your home and garden at its best.
As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.