September 3, 2018 Ed Stam

Protect your BC Property from Heavy Rains

Although the first day of fall is September 22nd, we are already seeing cooler temperatures compared to July and August. The sun is still shining and now is a perfect time to protect your BC property from heavy rains. We all know what will happen in the fall and winter, monsoon season will be soon upon us and the steps you take now can make your life a whole lot easier in the spring.

There are a number of tips and tricks for controlling water on your property, here are a few to consider:

French Drains

French drains are great for preventing standing water from building up on your lawn, or even worse building up close to your foundation. A French Drain is a simple trench filled with gravel, rock, or even perforated pipe to redirect surface and ground water. The key is to find a good spot to redirect the water, creating another pool of standing water in a different area doesn’t really solve the problem. You may be able to connect your French Drain to a city storm drain, but it is important to ask an expert before connecting to any city infrastructure.

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are specifically designed to capture and retain excess water for a short period of time. Water that is captured leaches through into the soil and is absorbed by the garden plants. Of course, when building a rain garden, you will want to include plants that enjoy a wet environment and that can soak up the most water.

Sloping and Drainage

The most effective method to protect your BC property from heavy rains is to ensure your lawn is sloped to create a proper runoff for the excess water. Without proper runoff, sloping away from your garden and house, pooled water can drown plants and even damage homes if left unchecked. Proper sloping and drainage are best left to a professional to ensure the job is done right the first time, preventing costly fixes in the future.

If you want to protect your BC property from heavy rains this fall and winter, now is a great time to contact Blossom Hill Landscape & Design for a free consultation on potential problem areas in your backyard!

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