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Landscape Drainage – Dealing with NW Weather Part 2

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How important is Landscape Drainage?

From flooding and rotting to pest issues and air quality, non-existent or ineffective landscape drainage can have a huge impact on your buildings. Soggy spots in your lawn or flower beds and storm-water run-off pose their own set of issues. Drainage issues are potential hazards and can harm your landscape as well as your home, business, or out-buildings.

What can I do?

From French drains to tile systems and retentions ponds to culverts, there are many viable solutions.  Knowing which option is right for your particular set of circumstances is the magic. We all know it’s really not magic, it’s experience and knowledge. You’ll need a landscape contractor that can custom design a visually pleasing, permanent solution to fit your property.

More serious landscape drainage issues are overseen by the state, city, or county. Their civil engineers provide a plan, often incorporating rain gardens and/or retaining walls which we can discuss in a future post. These structures prevent excess water from entering the city system during flood-risk seasons.

rain gardens - avoid landscape erosion

Rain gardens, more technically known as storm water retention ponds, are areas that water is directed into where it can remain and not damage the surrounding area. This is a popular option seeing as it allows water to stay out of the city system for a longer period of time preventing flooding due to large rainfall on hardscapes such as patios, roadways, etc.

Whether you’re a proactive land owner or have a state-mandated landscape erosion control plan to follow, Earth Tech Landscape Solutions has dealt with it all. We are familiar with the ins and outs of this work and are ready to work with you to find what’s best for your property.

Sometimes the solution is as simple as re-directing the water by re-grading your soil. A dry well or dry creek bed may be the answer. As a last resort, a mechanical device, such as a sump-pump may be needed. In Oregon, rain water collection is a great way to reduce, reuse, and recycle.


Landscape Drainage in Oregon

Many areas in Oregon have soils that contain a high clay content. Large pockets of clay do not allow water to easily move through the soil. Excess rain and hilly areas contribute to the great need for water management systems, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

First Steps

Don’t wait until you have a drainage emergency. It could cost you much more to fix rotted or broken structures, foundations, floors, and walls; and, sometimes even mold abatement is required. Find a licensed & bonded, trustworthy landscape contractor. Get a quote and have them tell you about some projects they’ve done. When they talk to you about your solution, make sure they look at everything from your roof gutter drain system to your crawl space in addition to your landscape areas, so they are considering all sources of landscape drainage.

Contact Earth Tech Landscape Solutions for the Experience, Quality, and Sustainability you are looking for in a Commercial Landscape Contractor.

Stay tuned for our next blog on landscape drainage for more details regarding French drains, dry well systems, storm water facility areas, and more!

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