Although we get to enjoy the best weather in the nation, those of us who live in Florida also have to deal with the rainy season, which has definitely caused a lot of flooding issues lately. So, how do you keep your yard from flooding? Here are a few tips:
First, without question, you’ll want to keep your gutters and downspouts free of leaves and debris so that they are unobstructed.
Second, you want water to be able to flow from your property unimpeded so that it does not pool in low spots and, in a worse case scenario, cause your yard to flood.
You also want to slope your yard downward so that rain water runs away from your home – not toward it. A flooded home would be even worse than a flooded yard.
Additionally, there are drainage and water pump options such as French drains, sump pumps, curtain drains and even overflow ditches which can help eliminate flooding potential.
Plus, you can choose drought-tolerant plants that help instead of hinder your yard when it comes to flooding.
Now let’s take that to the next level…You can also plant an entire rain garden, which is a shallow depression where you plant native vegetation which can help reduce flooding in your yard by absorbing excess rain water.
A berm, which is a solid mound of soil built into a raised barrier that blends into the landscape, can also help you in your war against flooding by redirecting the excess rain water in your yard.