As spring approaches, we at B. Rocke landscaping are receiving many calls about drainage issues due to the recent flooding. The best way to avoid this is to prepare your yard for it!
Here are some ways to prevent flooding.
- Think ahead: Figure out where your property should drain and set your slopes accordingly. Paved areas should have a 1% slope and all other areas a 2% slope. Avoid sculpting steep slopes, as these can cause unwanted erosion. A swale or drainage ditch can be created to assist with draining larger properties.
- Plant trees: Trees are effective in preventing floods because their strong roots will discourage erosion and absorb water. If you don’t have space for trees, there are many other plants that can be helpful.
- Create a rain garden: Dig a shallow depression in your yard, like your very own small pond. Plant with native plants and grass. When it rains, water will collect in this area and the plants will absorb the water.
- Invest in a sump pump.
- Remove water from sidewalks and patios.
- Do your clean up: One of the most common reasons backyards will flood is because the surface is covered in leaves, moss, branches, or other debris. This detritus can block the water from escaping your yard. Get rid of dead vegetation by thoroughly raking your lawn.
To fix already damaged or flooded areas, give B. Rocke Landscaping a call at (204) 615-2512