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3 Landscaping Tips to Prevent Water Problems - Cheaper Than The Kid Next Door Landscaping


3 Landscaping Tips to Prevent Water Problems

1. Grade your lawn in the right direction

Landscape grades that run toward the house instead of away from it often result in flooding.

To fix this issue, dig a dry creek in the  yard and then fills it with river rock or cobblestones. This allows the water to bisect the yard and flow around the sides of the house instead of toward it.

For homeowners who don’t want to splice their yards, French drains will allow water to flow into a gravel trench and then into a pipe.

2. Leave a gap between your mulch and siding

When mulching your landscape, keep the materials away from siding and be sure to leave a 6-inch gap.

Don’t go closer than that because moisture can wick up from the mulch bed and rot the siding. It can touch brick or block, but not siding.

3. Direct downspouts away from house

Extend downspouts away from the house to keep the water farther away from the structure.

Also keep gutters clear so water flows through the downspouts.

Even with redirected downspouts, some yards still get erosion when gutters can’t handle the water volume. If this happens, use a decorative rock such as river stone so water will hit and splash instead of creating holes in the soil.