Planning Your Landscape for a Deluge of Water

R. L. Rhodes
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Maintaining a healthy landscape may be difficult in drought conditions, but what about when the weather runs to the opposite extreme? Too much rain can also weaken or even kill the plants in your landscape. When you live in an area with high yearly levels of rainfall, it can be just as important to plan your garden and landscape with an excess of water in mind.

Planting for Deluge

Cacti and succulents will often collapse and disintegrate when waterlogged, so you’ll want to make sure your landscape is designed around thirstier varieties of plants. Cattails, ferns and rushes do well in areas where water tends to pool. Trees like willow and oak thrive in wet conditions. Talk to the associates at your local Home Depot Garden Center for recommendations on more rain-friendly plants.

Any time you have water running across a landscape, erosion is a potential concern. One of the best ways to prevent erosion is to establish an extensive network of roots to keep soil in place. Turfgrass is an excellent way to establish a root base across the entire breadth of your yard, while large plants, like shrubs and trees, hold the big picture together.

Persevering Through Deluge

Decreasing the grade of slanting landscapes can also help decrease erosion. Lawns that tilt sharply in one direction will add momentum to the flow of exiting water, increasing its power to carry away soil and plants. Check our article on reducing stormwater runoff for more tips on preventing erosion.

At the same time, to prevent water from accumulating in your yard, you should ensure that your property is level. Depressions in your yard can collect rain faster than the ground can absorb it, drowning more water-sensitive plants.

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