Drainage & Irrigation
One of the most important things to have a properly cared for landscape is that of irrigation and drainage. Irrigation helps to bring the proper amount of water to your lawn, plants, trees and flowers, while drainage helps to make sure that any excess water is properly whisked away. Irrigation can be done in the form of sprinklers or feeders, while drainage can be built in any number of ways. The most important factor in drainage is the grade of your land, as this keeps water from draining towards your house; which can cause massive structural issues.
The most important thing that we can do in order to help out your drainage is to grade your land properly. Grading is the act of making sure that your land sloped out, and away, from your home. This downward angle makes it so that excess water runs away from your house’s foundation, rather than running in, towards it. If your grade slopes back towards your house, it can cause water to infiltrate your foundation, which can cause your foundation to crack, warp and break apart. This is incredibly dangerous for your home and, as such, it is the first thing that needs to be fixed.
One of the best ways to properly irrigate your landscape is to have us install sprinklers. Sprinklers come in several, different types, but whatever type you choose, they all perform the same, basic function: Spreading out the proper amount of water to your landscape. In most cases, the type of sprinkler you have installed, can be programmed to only put out a certain amount of water, before tucking back in and stopping the water flow. Sprinklers are relatively maintenance free and they do a fantastic job of ensuring that every inch of your landscape is hit by water.
To go along with sprinklers, another thing that we can install are feeding lines. Feeding lines supply a constant drip of water to plants that do not need to be completely watered. Usually these lines are rubber tubing, or PVC pipe, that is laid in to the ground, or above the ground, with small holes drilled in to it. As the water passes through this tubing, it slowly drips through the tiny holes; providing water to whatever root systems, or plants, are next to it. Feeders are usually much more cost effective than a complete sprinkler system setup.
Another way that we can help out your landscape drainage is to make sure that any flower, or plant, boxes have proper drainage built in to them. If we are helping you to construct these boxes, we will always make sure that there is a path from which excess water can escape. Usually we will build these exits, so that water will drain down your properly graded landscape. We will not build your boxes in a way that they do not allow water to escape. This can lead to drowning your root systems and causing dead plants.