Protect your Landscaping: Look Out for the Elements

From on April 24, 2008 in Landscaping

Now that winter is drawing to an end, it’s time to make a list of all of those troublesome spots that need addressing before next winter. With the warm days of summer, it can be easy to forget that clogged gutter or unstained back step, and you definitely don’t want those or the following potential trouble spots to continue weathering the elements without proper care.

Look for drainage issues.

Backyard DrainageWater drainage can be a big problem in any climate. If your yard isn’t sloped just right, there is a good chance that you’re going to have some areas that are prone to puddle; and that can mean problems for foundations, sewer systems, and landscaping. A French drain is one quick solution to stop water in its tracks. Another idea, why not incorporate your water runoff into an attractive portion of your yard? A swale is one such idea. A perforated pipe is buried beneath a bed of rock that can be disguised as a meadow or creek bed. The swale redirects storm water where it belongs, along with allowing gradual seepage into the soil.

Clean and repair gutters.

Although you don’t notice them too often, the gutters on your house work hard. It’s important to keep them clean of debris, and to check occasionally for leaks. If your gutter is leaking, it can be damaging the siding on your house, or allowing water to leak into your basement or under your foundation. You can redirect the runoff from your gutters into a designated area such as a rain garden.

Install and repair decks, patios, and driveways.

Wet DeckDecks, especially wood decks, can pose some problems with the wear and tear of the elements. Wood decks have to be kept stained and sealed or else they will rot, fade, and warp with rain and sun exposure. You might want to consider replacing the old wood with a new, more advanced wood that is lower maintenance. There are also several composite and vinyl options that require virtually no maintenance. Reduce mud and puddles by covering your patio, walkways and driveway with pervious paving. This porous material encourages the water to seep through, preventing accumulation.

Make sure your house is well-sealed.

With rising energy costs, you can’t afford to have leaking windows and uninsulated walls and floors. Either your windows need repair, or it’s time to have them replaced or glazed. Look over your siding as well. Over time, paint tends to peel, caulking gives way, and water seeps in unnoticed, creating mold and dry rot. It actually isn’t that expensive to have new insulation blown into your walls and attic or beneath your floor; and what a difference it can make!

Your home is where your heart is, or so they say, and you want to remove as many of the unpleasant aspects as possible. While it is still fresh in your mind after enduring the winter elements, take a few steps to make your house more solid before a new set of elements arrive with the summer heat. Request free estimates today from pre-screened contractors to chip away at your list.