Do you have a permanent damp spot in your yard?
Do you always get water in your basement after a heavy rain?
A French drain might help dry things up.
Whereas gutters collect rainwater as it runs off the roof, French drains manage water at ground level. If after a rainstorm, water tends to pool in a particular low spot on your property, rerouting the flow of water with a French drain could alleviate that problem.
A French drain also provides a solution for basements that admit water through the foundation. In these “wet” basements, water presses against the foundation and gradually leaks through. With a French drain, however, water near the foundation can be rerouted and deposited elsewhere.
If your neighbor’s land stands at a higher elevation than yours, you may be experiencing problems with excessive moisture on your property. Water from your neighbor’s property may be running down the slope and spilling onto your property. Low spots in your yard can pool water. You need better yard drainage. One option in such cases is installing French drains. French drains provide an easy channel for water to flow through. Water runs into a gravel-filled trench, then into perforated pipe at the bottom of the trench, then is directed to a more desirable area. Plantings or pathways can be placed atop French drains, they can be both functional and beautiful.
Rain Gardens are an approach to rainwater harvesting that can prevent flooding and erosion and turn stormwater problems into water supply assets by slowing run-off and allowing it to soak into the ground. Rain gardens are not ponds, they are a shallow basin fashioned to collect rainwater long enough to absorb into the ground. They are usually planted with native vegetation with deep roots that are hardy during both wet and dry seasons. These native plants are attractive, require little maintenance and help to purify the water. Plants in a rain garden add color to the landscape throughout the year and attract beneficial insects, butterflies and birds which are essential to the survival of our ecosystem.
Rainwater Collection and Harvesting
Rainwater collection and harvesting offers a small-scale best management practice to reduce stormwater runoff and the problems associated with it. By harvesting the rainfall and storing it, you can slowly release the water back into the soil, either through irrigation or direct application. The water then moves into groundwater table, providing a steady supply of water to local streams and rivers.
Drip Line Irrigation
Drip lines are a relatively inexpensive and simple way to ensure that your plants are watered properly and automatically. They are made up of a series of perforated tubes attached to a water line or rainwater collection unit. When set on timers, the systems automatically water at ideal times of day, even when you are not home. Drip lines make efficient use of water, bringing it precisely to the base of plants. They can also help reduce diseases that result from too much water on many plants' foliage.