Your lawn and garden are the first impression someone has of your home, so you want them to be well cared for. No matter how much hard work and money you put into landscaping, it can be ruined by a few common plumbing problems. Follow these tips to keep your lawn from flooding, ensure your water is used wisely, and help your lawn stay happy and healthy.
1) Ensure Proper Drainage
Does your lawn look like a swimming pool after a heavy rain fall? You probably have drainage issues on your property. Not only does improper drainage impact the grass and plants on your land, but it can lead to water damage and flooding inside your house. Usually the type of soil on your property and how tightly it is compacted are to blame. One of the best ways to fix these issues is to aerate your lawn, which means air pockets are punched into your lawn. You can also change your soil composition with either compost or other organic materials.
2) Add a French Drain
Another simple solution for draining water properly from your lawn is to add a French drain. The name may sound exotic, but the concept is quite simple: a gravel channel leads water from higher ground towards a specific drainage point, and away from your problem areas. Many lawn drainage issues are caused by a sloped yard or by being the lowest point for surrounding houses. To get this project done right, you will want to hire a plumbing repair professional.
3) Water Your Lawn Sensibly
Using less water makes sense for the environment and your wallet. You’ll get the most bang for your buck if you water your lawn/garden at dusk, or on cool days when less water will evaporate. You can also choose to grow drought-resistant plants that require less water to thrive. Finally, think about the placement of plants in your yard; thirsty plants can be placed in areas of natural run off to limit the amount of watering you have to do.
4) Divert Grey Water to the Lawn
Instead of sending water used inside your house to the sewer, you can divert that water to be reused again on your property for irrigation. A plumber can separate your grey water from the rest and direct it wherever you need it, so you end up paying less for your utility bills. The washing machine is one of the simplest conversions because water is already being pumped in and out; the pipes can easily be extended to create an outdoor watering system for your yard.
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