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How To Use Landscaping to Protect Your Home

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

hands holding heavy mulch Heavy mulch is a better option in areas that are prone to flooding.

How To Use Landscaping to Protect Your Home

When severe storms strike, outside flooding can threaten your landscape and your home. The best way to avoid damage to your property is to direct the path of the rainwater. There are several methods commonly used to divert water away from unwanted areas and encourage it to take a more desirable path instead.

1. Using Heavy Mulch
Mulch helps flower beds to look beautiful. However, a heavy rain storm can leave light mulch, like pine, scattered about your property. Mulch can make flooding worse if it is swept into drains because it can cause the drains to clog. You can avoid having your mulch scattered by opting for heavier mulch that does not move unless a more forceful current pushes against it. Heavier hardwood mulches and man-made alternatives are better options in areas that are prone to flooding.

2. Planting a Rain Garden
Rain gardens can add beauty to any landscape and are used to give the water a place to gather, which minimizes runoff. When using native plants, you can make a rain garden into a low maintenance feature. Plant the most water tolerant plants toward the middle since this is where the garden will remain the wettest for the longest. Most rain gardens are between fifty and one-hundred square feet, but even a smaller one can significantly help with rain drainage.

3. Diverting Rain Spouts
Rain spouts protect from outside flooding by providing a path for the rain water as it rolls off your home. If the land around your home is flat and the soil is clay-based, then three feet should suffice. If your land is flat, a ten-foot downspout is recommended. If your land is sandy and flat, your rain spout may need to extend more than ten feet to successfully divert the water away from your foundation.
Outside flooding can be a problem in Mercer Island, WA, but by taking a few precautions, you can decrease your chances of sustaining water damage. If you have experienced a flood and need help getting your property back to normal, call a professional flood restoration company for help.

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