Drain the Rain pt. 2

Has your yard and landscape suffered with our unusual amount of rain? We can help you prevent further problems and solve your existing ones. All of the rain and especially the 1-2 inch downpours have taken their toll on our already saturated soils. Since we had more rain than Seattle, Washington this past Fall, the ground was thoroughly saturated before December’s showers arrived.

When the ground is saturated, we can experience flooding, soil erosion, streams of water, and damp crawl spaces.

There are several steps that can be taken to help when we experience such high levels of moisture. It is beneficial to amend your soils with organic matter when you plant. You can also add organic matter to your existing beds. Organic matter in the soil will make it more permeable.

Additionally, aerating your existing lawn will increase the absorption capacity. This will allow the rain to absorb into the soil rather than running off.

Also, when you are preparing to install a new lawn, the ground should be tilled and amended with organic soil conditioner. Any areas that cannot support grass should be converted to a natural area to reduce run-off. It is often necessary to re-grade areas in your lawn to make sure that you have positive drainage. This is often hand grading as soils settle and low areas appear. It’s also necessary to have positive drainage around the foundation of your house. Downspouts can be piped off to prevent erosion and moisture problems. We can also install French drains, catch basins, and dry creek beds.

It’s important to take care of these problems before they become even bigger! Let us take care of it for you! Give us a call today 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

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