Drainage & Erosion Control
Drainage and erosion control is essential for maintaining the integrity of your home or business, and landscaping. Properly planned and installed, drainage management can keep your home or business from frequent flooding with rain, maintain landscaping, and filter pollutants from reaching watersheds (depending on the type).
Drainage and erosion solutions vary widely, ranging from strictly utilitarian to those that appear beautiful, creative, and not even like a drain.
Options we provide include:
- Slope stabilization: Various, permanent design measures that can be taken, including regrading, support structures, adding a surface to the slope, etc.
- Straw and seed: Providing simple and effective relief from erosion, this is what it sounds like: planting grass (or other ground cover) in order to reduce water runoff and increase soil integrity.
- Rip-rap installation: This is loose stone placed in and around key areas. It increases the roughness and decreases the speed of the water flow, lessening erosion.
- French drains: These provide a channel for water to pass through. Runoff moves through a stone or gravel-filled trench, then ultimately drains through a perforated pipe at the bottom of the trench. It then empties at a safe distance from your home.
- Catch basins: These are man-made drainage structures, used solely for the purpose of collecting rainwater and melted snow, and transporting it through underground piping, drainage ditches, or culverts. Usually used for runoff along streets and parking lots.
- Rain gardens: A natural way to manage stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces, like your driveway or roof. Native plants are planted in low-lying areas, adding beauty to your surroundings, while also lowering the amount of pollution (from fertilizers, sediment, and other chemicals) from reaching nearby streams or rivers. The native plants can also attract birds, butterflies, and bees to your yard, and are resilient to our climate.
- Bioswales and dry creek beds: A swale is a low spot, usually a marshy area between ridges. Bioswales are basically an artificial swale. They are mainly used as infiltration basins, cleaning, and processing water while redirecting it. These are usually used around roads or parking lots.
Call us to discuss your drainage and erosion concerns, and we can discuss viable options for your outdoor area.
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