When Your Landscape Looks Like a Lake

autumn leafWhen it rains, it pours. Our Smyrna gardens have certainly felt the effects of the rainy Georgia summer, suffering from underdevelopment, decay, and poor drainage. And unresolved drainage problems can ruin more than just your flowerbeds: your landscape, your grass, and even your home can suffer the ill effects of too much rain in the garden. With the current lull in rainfall and the cooler working weather, fall is the ideal time to determine the drainage problems in your lawn, so you’re prepared the next time the soil starts to swell.

Home Drainage Solutions

There’s an endless list of gardening tips and tricks to accommodate too much rainfall. If you’re assessing your landscape design for the coming year, try implementing a garden that works with the natural conditions of your yard. Dry streambeds, rain gardens, and raised flowerbeds take advantage of excess rainfall, working with the slope of your yard to create a wet weather garden oasis. But if problem solving is more your style, try these methods for improving poor drainage:

  • Add organic matter to your soil
  • Avoid compacted soil from foot traffic by laying stepping-stones
  • Dig trenches to reroute runoff into the gutter
  • Make a gravel channel and cover it with soil
  • Create a dry well

Professional Drainage and Irrigation

No matter how many home gardening solutions you master, some drainage problems require professional care. Bloom’n Gardens Landscape designs and implements proper irrigation and drainage for your lawn and garden, using French drains, channels, catch basins, grates, and natural landscape development to disperse and manage the stormwater that’s pooling around your home.

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