Drainage is one of those considerations that many new homeowners know little about until they're dealing with huge puddles in their backyard or soil covering their driveway. Erosion control, mud prevention, and even foundation damage control is all possible with better drainage around your home. Control backyard and front yard flooding with these three landscaping rock projects.
A dry creek is a trench or drainage ditch that follows the natural contours of your property to gather water and deliver it to a dry well or storm water drain. You simply dig a gently sloped ditch along an existing drainage path and adjust the course slightly to send the water where you want it. Cover the ground with landscaping fabric, a layer of fine gravel, then any decorative landscaping rock or river stone you like. Rains and flooding will make the dry creek look like a gentle flowing stream while preventing erosion and drainage issues.
Are you tired of tracking mud into your home every time it rains just because the paths around your home are muddy? Deep layers of gravel, contained by landscaping blocks or flexible plastic borders, provide the best drainage. Cut up any sod or weeds to create a smooth surface, then consider adding a layer of rough builder's sand as the base to further encourage drainage without erosion or puddles.
Add at least three to four inches of a crushed stone gravel so the path has plenty of height over the surrounding area. This means you'll always have a dry place to walk during the heaviest storms. If you currently have a dirt or mulched path that spills water onto your driveway or part of your yard, increasing the water trapping ability of the path with sides and a thick layer of gravel may stop the problem.
Hidden Dry Well
Downspouts are necessary for dealing with the water that gathers in your gutters, but they can create serious drainage problems when they dump the water right onto the ground. Running a pipe from the downspout under the ground and to a pit filled with gravel allows you to direct water back into the water table without having it gather on the surface of the lawn. This kind of drainage pit is known as a dry well, and it's a great way to end a dry creek as well. Try purchasing an affordable plastic dry well barrel at your local hardware or landscape store to keep the pit from sinking in when you cover it, then fill it with a coarse gravel and cover the pit with crushed stone.