Dry Creek with Wet Tolerant Plantings in AddisonMost yards have some sort of drainage issue. Downspouts or sump pump lines should be buried, and extended away from the foundation and any hardscaping via drain tiles. Burying and extending downspouts from the planting beds keeps mulch from washing away when it rains. If you have areas that flood or stay too wet, then that water needs to be re-routed. Or plantings used for that area need to be able to take constant moisture. Re-grading areas that don't drain well can be done (depending upon the site).

Storm Water Run-off:

Dry CreekWhen it rains, hundreds of gallons of storm water flows off your roof, into your gutters, then are dumped on your lawn via your downspouts - which then drain off your property into overtaxed storm drains or above-ground culverts. As ground water moves across your lawn, it picks up insecticides, salt, and excess fertilizer. Most storm water can't be absorbed due to the heavy clay soil left by builders. Moreover, this is water that your grass and plantings could use now, or in the future.

One inch of storm water creates .63 gallons of water per square foot of roof area. If you have 2,000 square feet of roof, that would be approximately 1,260 gallons of water!

There are several ways to help capture this water:

  • Rain Gardens
  • Bio-Swales or Drainage Ditches
  • Permeable Pavers
  • Systems that catch and store storm water run-off underground, so that the water can be used at a later date.
  • Rain Barrels - that capture the water (in an above ground receptacle) as it comes out of the downspout, storing the water for use later. Rain water is excellent for watering plants!