Unless your backyard landscape is nothing more than a concrete patio, a mosaic of pavers, or a gravel lot, there’s a good chance you’re watering in order to keep your flora and fauna alive. And even if your backyard is made up entirely of hardscaping, you almost certainly experience wet weather during certain seasons. The point is that you probably want to employ some kind of drainage system in your yard as a way to ensure that your home isn’t flooded every time water enters the picture. Part of this centers on your home drainage, including your gutters and downspouts, and part of it has to do with how your yard is graded (many slope towards the home instead of away from it). But with the proper landscape drainage system you should be able to avoid all kinds of problems that homeowner commonly face in association with outdoor water usage. Here are just a few reasons why it’s important to implement an appropriate drainage system for your lawn and landscape.
The first reason you’ll want to have proper landscape drainage has to do with your home. Even if you’re not over-watering, a lack of drainage can lead to problems around the house. Any wood that is submerged can swell and warp, just for starters, and over time you could end up with problems like rot or dry rot, posing a safety risk. And if water gets into your basement, you could experience all manner of damage. Not only can water cause staining and ruin surfaces and any objects stored in your basement, but it can also lead to the formation of mold, which may translate to a serious health risk for you and your family. While the amount of water you use to keep your lawn and landscape green might not be enough to cause severe issues with the structure of your home, a heavy rainfall could definitely do the trick when you lack adequate drainage.
The bigger problem for many homeowners, however, may be the problems that ensue for plants when standing water is a common occurrence. For one thing, plants that are exposed to an over-abundance of water may suffer from root rot, which can quickly lead to patchy grass and dead plants. But this isn’t the worst of your worries. Standing (or stagnant) water is extremely attractive to insects like mosquitos, which seek out this particular environment for the purpose of breeding. Unfortunately, mosquitos can carry and transmit all kind of diseases, which makes standing water a serious health hazard in some cases. Even if mosquitos don’t tend to be particularly prevalent in your area in general, stagnant water is just what they need to become a major problem.
Luckily, these problems can be easily solved by simply installing a landscape drainage system that carries water safely away from your property and deposits it in an appropriate outlet location (local authorities can help you to figure out where that should be). If you’ve gone to the expense of hiring a reputable company like A-Affordable Lawn Care and Tree Co. to install beautiful landscaping and engage in ongoing tree and lawn care, the last thing you want to do is see it ruined by a lack of drainage. So talk to your landscaper about the system that’s right for your home and yard so that you never have to worry about the drainage problems that could leave you underwater.