If you’re experiencing drainage and erosion control problems on your College Park MD property, your first impulse might be to rush out and try to fix them immediately. That, however, may not be the optimal approach. In this article we’ll outline a better, more comprehensive approach and then talk about some of the more common strategies used to deal with those issues.
First, take a step back and look at the bigger picture. If you’re like many homeowners, you probably have a long list of landscaping improvements you’d like to make to your property. Of course, you want to do those as efficiently and effectively as possible, which among other things, means not working at cross-purposes with yourself.
To that end, the best place to start would be by creating a Master Landscape Design Document, which is, in its simplest form, a list of all the improvements you’d like to eventually make.
By putting all your ambitions in a single document, it gives you the ability to plan and prioritize. You’ll be able to spot big, budget busting projects and break them into smaller chunks. You’ll be able to spot projects that have dependencies and be better able to prioritize, and when it comes to dealing with those drainage and erosion control issues on your College Park MD property, you’ll begin to gain a better understanding of how and where to implement solutions.
As to solutions, there are three that should be at, or near the top of your list for consideration. They are:
A Diversionary Channel – This can be as simple as an open ditch used to collect rainwater and funnel it where you want it to go. If you have a stream on or adjacent to your property, you could direct the ditch there and be rid of the water. Or you could send it to a decorative pond or a dry well. The possibilities are virtually endless.
Shrubs and Grasses – While the first strategy is a modestly-priced way of dealing with drainage, this one is aimed squarely at handling erosion and is similarly low-cost. Grasses and shrubs create a densely packed root network that helps anchor your soil, holding it in place.
Terraces – This is a more expensive, more robust and all-encompassing solution designed to handle both drainage and erosion control issues on your College Park MD property. Terraces are created by constructing retaining walls which not only help stop erosion, but also come with a drainage system built in and have the advantage of turning steeply sloped property into usable yard space.
If you know you want to do something but you’re still not sure what, give our office a call today and let’s talk about the possibilities.