It's just a matter of time before the torrential rains leave your yard a wet, soggy mess. That is, if you're not prepared for the onslaught. Just a little preparation around the house will make a world of difference when it starts raining cats and dogs. Not sure how waterproofing your yard will benefit you? Well, precautionary waterproofing will help prevent over-saturation of your yard, which could lead to flooding and damage to your home. Here are three simple steps you can take to waterproof your yard before the rains arrive.
Set Up a Collection System
If your patio is filled with potted plants, you know how much water you use trying to keep your container gardens healthy. By setting up a collection system in your yard to capture the rain water, you can put that water to use keeping your plants happy and healthy. To create a simple collection system, you'll need a couple of clean barrels and several copper rain chains. Attach the decorative rain chains to the eaves of your home, directly above your barrels. As the water flows from your roof, it will follow the rain chains and create a gentle flow of rain water right into your barrels. When you're ready to use your water for your gardens, it will be safely stored away in your rain barrels.
Create a Water Garden
If your entire yard floods from the excess rain water, you need to create a water garden. Your water garden will help collect the water in one location in your yard, where it will seep back down into the soil below. To create an effective water garden, watch your yard for the area where the majority of the water collects. Dig a pit with the edges sloping down towards the center. Fill the pit with water-loving plants, and then cover the soil with decorative gravel.
Use Your Rain Gutters more Effectively
If you've got gutters on your home, but the water coming from the downspouts is collecting around the foundation of your home, creating a flooding hazard, you need to spruce up your downspouts. One way to do that is to create a natural path for the water to flow away from your home. Dig a shallow, winding trench beginning at the opening of your downspout and leading out towards the street. Place a layer of decorative gravel on the inside of the trench, and line the edges with larger stones. The path will create a decorative river that will lead the rain water away from your home.