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Do You Suffer From Recurring Flooding? 6 Adjustments to Your Landscape That Can Help

Homeowners deal with many challenges to keep their homes and properties safe and secure. Increasingly, yard flooding is an ongoing problem for homes in low-lying areas. Whether it's from heavier storms or poorly designed landscape, rising water can cause headaches and financial loss.

If you struggle with recurring flooding in your yard, here are six ways you can combat this issue.

1. Use Permeable Materials

If you have a lot of impervious hardscapes, such as concrete or stone, in your yard or neighborhood, that means the water isn’t naturally absorbed into the ground. Because the water has nowhere to go it pools, which adds to the problem and creates an even bigger flooding potential.
You can combat these issues within your yard by replacing impervious hardscapes with permeable materials that still look great. Flagstone, brick, gravel and crushed rock are all more porous materials that will allow more moisture to seep into the ground.

2. Create Retention Areas

Another way you can combat flooding issues is by creating a retention area. A retention area is a depression in the landscape that creates a bowl effect, and a retention area can be any size or shape. With even the smallest slope toward the depression, gravity will move water away from the rest of the yard. 
This solution is great whether your yard is large or small because you can always divert rain from one area to another, and with a retention area that space will be better-designed to hold excess water.

3. Improve Drainage

Another way to combat flooding is by helping the water drain. The extent you need to add drainage depends on the size of the problem. Adding extra mulch to garden beds will help retain moisture in the beds. Be sure to use hardwood mulch that stays in place better to avoid clogging drains. 
For larger pools of water, a French drain is a popular choice. This drain is made up of a permeated pipe placed underground in a bed of rocks and landscape cloth. Rocks, soil or other camouflage materials are placed over the pipe. As water seeps into the rocky ground, it enters the pipe and is shuttled to another, safer area of the yard or street.

4. Check Grades

One way to reduce the pooling of water is by making sure your yard is level or even raised slightly. You can check this on your own with a 2x4 and a carpenter's level or by stringing twine between two stakes. Adding or removing soil below the plants will help raise or lower a section.
You may also be able to increase the height of certain areas by adding mulch or hardscape materials.

5. Use Moisture-Loving Plants

Why not embrace some of the excess water by building a garden with plants that love moisture? A rain garden is a grouping of flowers and plants that thrive in wet soil and are planted where water tends to pool. Plant those with the highest need for water in the center because water will remain there the longest. More moderate plants should go around the edges that dry sooner. 

6. Arrange Spouts 

Keeping rainwater away from the house is important to its safety. Check your downspouts to see if water is being diverted far enough away from the walls or if you should put a simple extension on the bottom end. To increase your yards efficiency, plant a garden somewhat near the downspout, and then have the extension empty the water directly into the garden. 

No matter whether your flooding problem is big or small, you can do a lot of things to help mitigate excess water. If you need help determining the best plan of attack for your particular yard, the experts at Landscape Solutions in Louisville, KY, are happy to help.