Prevent Flooding In Your Garden

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If you are going for a natural look in your home remember to pay attention to the materials you use, the colour scheme and the fixtures because these can be customized to make your house look like a little cottage in the woods without ever using any of the actual materials.
It so happens that after a heavy rainfall, many houses see their gardens flooded. There are many reasons for this and understanding the reasons in the key to fixing the problem.

The Quality of the Soil

Depending on where your home is located, the quality of the soil and its ability to absorb moisture will vary. If the soil is muddy and clay-like, water will not be absorbed, rather remaining on top in puddles and pools. If the soil is extremely sandy, the water will be absorbed in a trice or the topsoil will washed away in a mini flood, leaving the garden looking as though it has never seen rainfall.

Thus, depending on what kind of soil your garden has you need to take certain measures to make sure that rainwater is absorbed gradually. You can lay down stone paving in order to allow rainwater to fall more gently onto the surface of the earth, and not wash it away or pool on top. You can either pave closely with no space in between the blocks and then build a trap or grate in a corner for the water to flow into, or you can leave a little bit of space between the stones and dispense with the grate, where the water will simply flow into the cracks between the stones and be slowly absorbed.

The Lay of the Land

If your home is on a slope, then any running water will automatically flow downwards taking with it the topsoil if the rains have been particularly heavy. If it is flat land, then some of the water will be absorbed into the ground while the excess will collect on the surface. In order to prevent this, dig small gutters all around the garden and try to slope the ground towards the gutters.

If you want to do natural stone paving at Splendour in Stone then work on the ground first and dig the drains before laying the blocks. Analyse the shape of the garden nd have ditches all around the border all connecting to a single gully or drain that will remove all excess water from your land. Make sure that your garden is well tended so that there are no stray leaves to block the flow. If your garden is bigger than the average home garden, call in a landscape designer and have them install proper drainage all over the land. If you do not take this precaution, the land will soon be saturated and the roots of the plants will begin to rot.