The importance of proper water drainage
With landscape design, aesthetics is typically the number one priority. However, with any landscape, it is essential to incorporate functionality. Proper drainage supports aesthetics and function. So, what are the effects of accumulated water? Improper drainage can lead to drowning, erosion, and flooding. Each season brings on various weather elements. Therefore, precipitation in the form of rain, snow, ice, or sleet can wreak havoc on landscaped areas and home structures if not managed and re-directed. Some solutions include hardscaping, grading, or incorporating plants that tolerate high volumes of water to encourage proper drainage. Landscaping supplies such as drainage pipes or riverstones support heavy precipitation and guide water runoff away from structures and landscaped areas. Riverstones are an excellent choice to create a dry water bed. As precipitation falls, the natural water feature contours the landscaped area. Suppose you are unsure which landscaping supplies are best suited for proper drainage, ask us here at FSI Landscape supply.
As Spring and Summer bring on warm weather, landscaping and gardening enthusiasts love a good rainfall. Rain cools off high temperatures, hydrating lawns, and plant life. However, precipitation will not do your landscape any good if it does not flow. Drowning occurs when precipitation collects and the water begins to suffocate garden beds, grass, and trees. As water collects, another issue arises. Stagnant water pools become a breeding ground for mosquitos, prohibiting anyone from enjoying the outdoors comfortably. Therefore, the importance of proper drainage is to ensure landscaped areas are not overly saturated with water and preventing breeding grounds for insects.
Erosion occurs when heavy precipitation breaks down soil or rock. The runoff transports the debris away from its original placement. The result, irregularities of the landscaped surface such as sloping grounds and structural damage to the home foundation causing it to shift or sink. Shifts or sinking can also apply to patios or landscaped concrete areas. As the ground shifts, concrete is susceptible to cracking. Therefore, the importance of proper drainage is to ensure erosion does not occur, saving money on costly repairs, keeping foundations and landscaped areas intact.
Flooding occurs when water accumulates and has nowhere to go. Precipitation, melting snow/ice can find their way in and around the home. Flooding landscapes and basements are common concerns for those who struggle with improper drain management. Mold, rotting structures, and water leaking right down to the foundation can cause expensive home repairs, health issues, and hazardous or uncomfortable living situations. Flooded areas also cause concerns during the winter months. As temperatures drop in the evening, trouble areas freeze over, creating thick ice patches. The ice patches not only cause damage to lawns but can be dangerous for homeowners; slips and falls are better avoided. Therefore, the importance of proper drainage is to prevent outdoor and indoor flooding.
At FSI Landscape Supply, we carry drainage pipes along with connectors and accessory pieces, as well as riverstones. We recommend speaking to our professional team to ensure you choose the correct landscaping supplies for proper water drainage.