Your garden is full of variables that determine whether or not your plants thrive. Soil texture, moisture levels, and nutrients can have an impact on the health of your lawn and garden, and excess moisture can even harm the structural integrity of your home and the surrounding area. In Maryland, drainage is key. Standing water due to poor drainage can lead to unstable soil, root rot, and property damage. Fortunately, homeowners and landscaping professionals have a slew of options available to mitigate drainage issues. If your lawn suffers from poor drainage, stop by Lehnhoff’s Supply and get the right landscape materials for the job.
Do You Have a Drainage Problem?
The first step in tackling subpar drainage around your lawn is recognizing the issue in the first place. There are a few common signs and tests that can point homeowners in the right direction. Standing water is a sign of a drainage issue, but things like poor grass health (often due to root rot or fungal infections) can also indicate problems. Assess your property for drainage issues by looking for areas with excessive moisture, unusually lush foliage, frequent mushroom growth, and poor plant health.
Using Landscape Materials to Boost Drainage
Whether your lawn’s drainage problems are due to high clay content in the soil, poor grading, or gutter and downspout issues, Lehnhoff’s Supply has the landscape materials you need to address the situation:
- Create a dry creek bed or rain garden using natural stone. Dry creek beds are channels made of rocks and pebbles with a layer of landscape fabric beneath them. While dry creek beds are designed to direct runoff towards drains or more permeable ground, rain gardens are intended to collect water and allow it to seep into the ground. Creating one of these features is a unique and aesthetically-pleasing way to prioritize stormwater management on your property!
- Address soil composition. Organic enriched topsoil can help address drainage problems related to your soil’s clay content. Clay-heavy soils can be amended by adding compost or dirt that is rich in organic matter, and the process of tilling and mixing the soil helps counteract compaction.
- Use permeable materials for patios and walkways. Solid surfaces like stone or concrete can prevent rain and runoff from being absorbed, leading to flooding. Consider using permeable materials for large areas like patios and walkways to avoid creating significant runoff or flooding. Lehnhoff’s Supply offers EP Henry Permeable Pavers, a smart and stylish solution for all kinds of applications.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring and summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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