Having drainage and erosion control problems on your Bethesda MD property? You’re not alone, and it’s understandable that you want to rush right out and fix them but that may not be the optimal solution. In this article we’ll explain why and reveal the three most effective strategies to deal with those kinds of issues.
First, let’s start by talking about the other landscaping you want to do, over and above dealing with the drainage and erosion control issues on your Bethesda MD property. If you haven’t already done so, the first, best thing you can do is to take the time to build a Master Landscape Design Document.
Don’t let the name fool you. That’s just a fancy way of saying a document that houses all of your landscaping ambitions.
It’s more than just a laundry list of things you want to do, however. By putting all your ideas down on paper and in one place, it gives you the chance to look at the big picture, prioritize your projects, break down the bigger ones into smaller component parts, and figure out the best way to implement your drainage and erosion control solutions on your Bethesda MD property.
Where solutions are concerned, there are three primary solutions to consider. They are:
Shrubs and Grasses
This is a delightfully low-cost solution aimed squarely at controlling erosion on your property. By planting plenty of grasses and shrubs, you create a dense network of roots that will lock your soil in place, even after a heavy rain.
A Diversion Channel
This is a little more expensive than planting shrubs and grasses, but not by much. Where the former is aimed at stopping erosion, this is aimed at solving your property’s drainage issues.
In its simplest form, a diversion channel is simply an open ditch. Since water naturally seeks the lowest point, it will flow into the ditch and carry the water anywhere you direct the ditch. You could dump it into a nearby stream, a dry well, or a decorative pond, at your preference.
Terraces are an ideal solution for properties with steep slopes because they give you more usable yard space. You can create them by building retaining walls that create flat spaces that gradually step down from the upper elevations.
The great part about this approach is that although it’s more costly, a properly built retaining wall comes with a drainage system built in, so it neatly solves both problems at once.
Having read about the Big Three, do you have a firm handle on which approach is best for you and your property? If not, give our office a call and let’s talk further about the possibilities.