It is common to forget about drainage in a North Texas lawn until spring and fall weather events begin relentlessly pounding the area with heavy rain. By then, it is pretty challenging to correct the situation until it dries, leading to days of dodging growing puddles, worries of flooding, and the potential that the lawn so precisely cared for can go washing through the neighborhood to deposit along curbsides and cul-de-sacs.
To protect your investment in the landscape and home, consider adding a yard drainage system to ensure water removal from your lawn while keeping the flowers, shrubs, grasses, and trees healthy. The most efficient way to achieve this goal is by working with a knowledgeable Dallas drainage and grading services team to ensure a precise and efficient installation. Siara Designs® protects your lawn and home from standing water and flooding events that occur throughout the seasons in Texas.
Types of Yard Drainage Systems
Why wait until water troubles arise around your home to address drainage issues? Start now to help mitigate the damage that water can do to a landscape and your home. There are several primary types of yard drainage systems for your lawn that will keep your property ready for the heaviest of Texas downpours.
Trench or Channel Drains
Trench drains are a primary type of drainage system because they are an exceptional way to move excess water away from any building or fixed structures on a lawn. Trench drains can be used in any space prone to flooding or backed-up water, such as a driveway, walkway, pool area, outdoor patios and kitchens, the entrance of a garage, and garden areas. Some of the most notable reasons for choosing a trench drain include:
- Easy maintenance
- Erosion prevention
- The ability to move large volumes of water
These drainage systems are not only great at water displacement, but they are very effective in preventing erosion. During heavy rains, the water that can wash along a driveway or outdoor living space, such as a patio or outdoor kitchen, is now mitigated through an effective drainage system.
Trench or channel drains are covered with a grate that allows for customization options, giving the area where a drain is placed a clean, maintained look. The length of the drain is also easy to manipulate.
It is vital to mention the ease of maintenance with these systems. Grates on trench drains can be removed, making it easy to lift out any oversized debris that can potentially become stuck in the channel. When performing your routine lawn maintenance, let us incorporate a drain cleaning schedule to ensure water flows properly, keeping your lawn free of standing water.
Another popular option for yard drainage systems is the French drain. French drains are often connected to downspouts on a home or building that usually do not extend far enough to move water away from a structure. Catch basins may also be utilized to catch the water flow, sending it through the French drain pipes and out of your way.
Moves Water Away from Structures
Installing a French drain incorporates pipe or tubing that utilizes gravity to move water away from a home. French drains protect your home by preventing water from collecting around a house from the downspouts of gutters, preserving a foundation, keeping basements dry and water-free, and preventing the growth of mold and mildew.
French drains can be part of a retaining wall to keep water flowing instead of backing up and running haphazardly. There are many gravel choices to finish off the drain and cover the materials used to create the drainage system, creating dimension in a landscape. Let us help you find ways to improve the beauty of your lawn by discussing ground covers that may grow well in graveled areas and benefit from rocky terrains.
Great Erosion Control
Like trench drains, French drains are great for keeping soil in your yard instead of washing down the street during those out-of-the-blue downpours. French drains allow water to easily seep into the trenched area and carry water out of your yard using gravity.
Standing water near a home becomes a problem over time. Tracking in and out through the puddles creates a muddy mess on porches, sidewalks, patios, and even inside a home, which creates more work and maintenance.
Grasses that sit in pools of water are also subject to diseases that thrive in water, with plants and grasses suffering more exposure to fungi. Shrubs and plants lose their leaves from sitting in pooled water, and weeds often flourish in the waterlogged areas of a yard. Protect your property from standing water damage by discussing the drainage options we provide.
Dry Creek Beds
Also using gravel, dry creek beds incorporate multiple types of rock and stone to create a low-maintenance but visually pleasing way to decrease standing water, remove water from a lawn, and prevent puddling. Dry creek beds serve as natural channels for water to drain from yards prone to flooding or waterlogging.
Protects the Landscape
Like the other drainage systems mentioned, dry creek beds are excellent at preventing erosion. They allow water to run freely through a yard and utilize gravity to move water and avoid pooling. Complementary plants may also be grown near the dry creek bed edge to add a softness to hardscaping and areas created by boulders, river rock, or gravel.
Some Benefits of Adding a Yard Drainage System
The benefits are enormous when a drainage system is added to your yard, and we only discuss a few below. One of the benefits you will notice immediately is the reduction of maintenance after heavy Texas rains. Rain is beneficial, but too much at once creates a need for additional cleanup and lawn maintenance.
One of the most valuable assets a person can own is a home. Protect your investment by creating an outside environment that ensures your foundation stays intact, prevents fungal and mold growth, and discourages termite damage.
Regulates Ground Temperature
Proper drainage allows water to soak into a lawn more evenly, creating a healthy temperature in the soil. The ground around a home that heats excessively or becomes too cold in hard winter freezes damages the shrubs, trees, and flowers you have invested in.
Increases Home Value
The maintenance of a home’s landscape catches the eye of passersby. You may not consider this as much until it is time to sell your home. Selling may not be in your plans, but unexpected life events, new job opportunities, or the desire to relocate closer to a point of interest may have you thinking of putting your home on the market.
Ensure your yard is ready by scheduling a consultation with our landscaping and installation providers today.
North Texas Yard Drainage Systems and Solutions
Siara Designs offers various options to protect your home or business against water issues. Working with our professional design team allows you to relax, knowing your lawn is easily prepared to handle the North Texas rainy seasons by incorporating a drainage system that works best with your landscape. Get in touch today to schedule a consultation, and let us explain how our drainage system services can benefit your home.