Spring is here and so is the rain don’t let your yard wash away?
Spring has sprung and in spite of weather interruptions, homeowners with serious spring fever are chomping at the bit to take yard and landscaping ideas into their own hands but before that happens, logistics need to come into play as how to protect lawn and landscaping investments, which means preventing areas of your yard from being washed away with the next big rain or major storm.
So, what needs to happen to stop spring and summer storms from washing your yard away? The right retaining walls and drainage systems can go a long way in protecting your investment. Explaining their function involves various options, that include:
Drainage System Designs
If you have flat areas in your yard along with dense soil and a high water table, a good drainage system is a necessity. Without proper drainage, water can collect and damage retaining walls and other structures, plus inundate and saturate plants and turn a landscaped area into a swamp.
Drainage in a front as well as back yard can’t be overlooked, and both areas should be analyzed and tested for grade or elevation to determine the topography of the area as well as underground water accumulation and drainage time. Any drainage problem spots concerning elevation, ground water (water table) can be solved through proper drainage design.
Though retaining walls are often used to make landscape design decorative statements and solve issues with sloping and other areas of a yard that require reconfiguration, there is a drainage component that goes along with construction and installation of retaining walls. Whatever the purpose of a retaining wall, whether tall or short or made of concrete, stone or wood, it is designed to bring a decorative aspect to an area as well as function.
Drainage and Retaining Walls
– Weep Holes
With drainage, a retaining wall can help direct moisture buildup from the areas they are supporting through weep holes strategically placed at the base of the wall, which aids in the ability of any water to drain through the wall. Moisture will be whisked away rather than remaining and building up in the wall.
Perforated piping is another way to ensure that moisture is kept at bay with a retaining wall. The piping is placed at the bottom portion of the wall that has been backfilled beforehand. A channel is created that will retain moisture or water collection. The piping placed within the channel will take the water away from the wall and prevent water from accumulating behind it and creating damage to the wall.
Using backfill behind a retaining wall should not be just ordinary dirt, clay or other soil-related materials. A material component needs to include a specific amount of crushed stone or gravel that helps to brace the area for moisture buildup. Any kind of planting or landscaping that is situated behind a retaining wall should also include a soil covering from the area, which is placed over the backfill.
In trying to determine the proper drainage system for your lawn, garden and landscaped areas, think about contacting Scott Design and Construction for your retaining wall and drainage needs. With almost 30 years in landscape design and installation in the DWF area, Scott is ready to be of service to you with any of your questions and concerns. Give Scott Design a call at 972-562-9467 for a free consultation and estimate. Now that spring is finally here, don’t let any storm, big or small, wash your yard away. Contact us!