Having proper drainage in your yard is extremely important to the health of your home and landscaping. Correcting a drainage issue can involve several different steps, depending on the types of problems you identify. Here are a few signs that your yard and landscaping require better drainage:
1. Standing Water
If you find water pooling in your lawn after a rain storm or when irrigating your landscaping, then you have a drainage problem. Standing water indicates that there is not enough of a slope for water to move away from your lawn. Instead, it simply sits where it is, eventually sinking below ground. While this may seem good for your plants, it can actually cause a number of issues, including:
2. Foundation Damage
As water sinks below ground, it moves both vertically and horizontally, which means that it could potentially move toward your home. This causes your foundation to erode over time and can lead to basement leaks and cracking throughout the home.
3. Damage to Landscaping
If your landscaping is not draining properly, then water may try to find an undesirable path for escape. Often, the path of water can actually damage your landscaping by washing away mulch, harming plants, and dirtying your hardscaping and walkways.
4. Dying Plants
While watering your plants and grass is important, too much water can cause the greenery in your landscaping to wither away. Excessive water leads to fungal diseases and rot in plants, which can ruin your home’s landscaping.
Come to Schroeder Materials for a large selection of drainage supplies and landscaping materials. We also carry a wide variety of decorative stones and blocks for all your hardscaping needs. Visit us online or call (708) 448-1144 for more information.