basic landscaping tips and how-to's
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Landscaping can be a lot of fun and it really has a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home. Unfortunately, if you are inexperienced working with plants and hardscaping materials, you could have a very difficult time landscaping your yard. On my website you will find a lot of how-to instructions that can help you with the most basic landscaping projects. You will also find a few tips that can help you maintain your professionally landscaped yard. With a little information, you can have the yard that everyone in the neighborhood wants and admires and you will find that information on my website.


basic landscaping tips and how-to's

Tips To Landscape Your Home's Exterior For Proper Water Runoff

Lily Carroll

A beautifully landscaped yard that also controls water runoff can help your home's basement and foundation stay free of moisture problems. Here are some tips to help you landscape your yard to keep rain and water runoff controlled.

Build Up the Soil Slope

The first step to keeping moisture away from and out of your foundation is creating a slope of soil around your home's foundation. If you don't have any excess soil in your yard, you can order screened landscaping soil from a local landscaping company and add it to your soil around the foundation of your home. This helps with drainage of rain runoff that can fall from your roof and its gutters to land on the soil around your home's foundation.

As rain runoff lands on a flat soil surface, it can pool and seep into the soil around your foundation. Creating a slope helps the water to run away from your home's foundation. It is recommended that you build up the soil so it slopes away from your foundation at least six inches within the first ten feet around your home.

Use Bedding Mulch

Applying a layer of mulch over the top of your bedding soil around the exterior of your home can help keep moisture from entering your foundation and basement, where it can create moisture problems. Many types of bedding soil are sandy and have good drainage properties, which causes them to allow moisture from your roof's runoff and sprinklers to saturate the soil around your home's foundation.

A layer of wood chips, bark, or other mulch material several inches thick can act as a barrier to moisture. This barrier also helps improve the look and maintenance of your landscaping by preventing weeds from growing. The mulch blocks out sunlight and moisture and prevents the weeds from taking root in your soil.

Create a Downspout Drainage

Another way to help with water runoff away from your home is to create a landscaped river rock drainage to divert water from your roof's downspout to an area away from your foundation. It is recommended that you divert rainwater several feet away from your home to prevent moisture saturation that can lead to moisture problems in your basement and foundation.

Dig a trench a few inches deep from your downspout and down the sloped soil to an area away from your foundation to create the base for the drainage area. Lay down a layer of landscape fabric to prevent weed growth, and cover the landscape fabric with a layer of river rock provide an attractive drainage surface for your dry river bed downspout diverter.

Use these tips to help you landscape your yard to help water runoff. For professional assistance with any landscaping projects, contact companies like Urban Paradise Landscaping.