The vegetation and landscaped areas around your home's exterior creates an attractive space but is also essential to your home's protection. The manner in which the landscaping and hard- and soft-scaped areas are applied can increase your home's barrier of protection against outside moisture and prevent moisture intrusion. Here are some tips to help you create a beautifully landscaped perimeter around your home's foundation to allow for drainage and prevent home interior and basement moisture problems.
Add and Grade Soil
Most home foundations are surrounded by an area of soil that provides a growing area for bushes, vines, flowers, and grasses. Unfortunately, when this area is left flat with no height variances, moisture can pool to collect in the soil around your home's foundation. Rainwater that falls from the roof drips directly onto this area of soil, increasing the moisture content and creating a positive pressure for water to flow through cracks and crevices in your foundation.
To prevent this from occurring, it is essential you add a slope to the soil around the perimeter of your foundation. This slope will help moisture flow down and away from your home's foundation.
You can hire a local landscaping company to deliver the soil to you. Landscaping soil has been screened of any weeds and other debris, so you get rich soil that is ready to grow your perimeter landscaping within.
Install Downspout Extenders
Another method to keep your landscaping beautiful is to utilize your home's exterior drainage to keep water from eroding your landscaping soil. Traditionally, a downspout extender that is only a few inches long will allow the roof runoff to flow directly onto the soil, which causes damaging excessive saturation and erosion.
By adding a downspout extender or diverter onto the end of each downspout, you can direct the rainwater to an area far away from your foundational landscaping soil. It is recommended to divert your roof runoff onto a paved or gravel-covered area on your property, and this can be completed with an extender of varying lengths.
Layer Drainage Rock
At the end of your downspout diverter, you can choose to install a gravel-filled ditch, trench, or dry pond where the roof runoff can collect and drain from. Using various sizes of rock and gravel, you can create the appearance of a dry riverbed or lake, which prevents erosion to your soil while the runoff flows down its length. You can order the sizes and type of gravel and river rock from your local landscaper to create this type of feature.
For more information, contact a company like Purdy Topsoil & Gravel.