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Home Landscaping Ideas to Divert Water

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Landscaping has a variety of uses. Although, for most homeowners, it is simply a way to add beauty to their home. While a properly curated landscape can make your yard looking inviting and increase its curb appeal, you can also use the same creativity while serving a specific purpose. We have put together a few creative ways that you can divert water through creative landscaping.

Home Landscaping Ideas to Divert Water

Why Should You Divert Water?

You may be wondering why diverting water is so important. Standing water in a yard can encourage pests to take up residence and fungus to grow. Neither of which are desirable outcomes. Water runoff that funnels around your home can also lead to mold and structural issues in your home. Diverting water away from your home and yard prevents these issues from developing.

Using Grading To Divert Water

Most homes are built with proper water diversion in mind. However, if your home has negative grading there are ways to correct it. It is important for the grading around your house to maintain a slope of six inches for every six feet of land in order to prevent the issue of negative grading. To correct this problem with landscaping, add dense soil starting at the edge of your home and going outwards that will divert water away instead of toward your home.

Native Plants For Water Diversion

Never underestimate the power of plants. Adding an abundance of native plants on your property will help divert water away from your home and other areas you want to stay puddle-free. Native plants will be able to soak up larger amounts of water and also help hold the soil together when there is excess moisture. The curb appeal of native plants is just an added bonus along with natural land grading.

Rain Garden To Divert Water

Adding a rain garden to your landscape will add a visual element to your landscape that is also functional. It will help filter water it collects as well as slow down runoff at the same time. You can make this by adding layers of soil, mulch, and native plants that will thrive in wet environments. Make sure that you place your rain garden at least 12 feet away from your home to prevent issues around the base of the structure.

French Drain For Water Diversion

You can build this drain on your own, or you can have a professional craft one on your behalf. If you are already planning to renew the landscape on your property, this is a great option. This type of diversion will take groundwater and direct it away from the structures on your property. This two-foot deep trench is lined with a material that allows water to permeate it. Lastly, a drainpipe is attached before it is covered with gravel and sod. Not only will this help divert water, but it is also visually attractive and will make a great addition to any landscape.

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