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Using Mulch & Stone to help Drainage and Irrigation

It’s not always easy to keep your garden and landscaping properly drained and irrigated, particularly during heavy downpours. If you’re having issues like too much runoff, soil compaction, puddles on your lawn and garden, and other such drainage problems, you’re in the right place.

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can use wood and stone mulch to help resolve drainage and irrigation problems. Let’s get started now.

The Keys to Drainage and Irrigation

There are a few steps you can take to improve drainage around your home and ensure your garden and home are protected from water-logged soil. Here are a few of our top recommendations:

1. Keep Deep Soil Dry With French Drains

French drains consist of a trench with a perforated PVC pipe, which is covered with gravel or stones. As water collects near the trench, it will make its way into the pipe and be channeled away from the area where the drain has been built.

Building French drains around your home and in areas where you’re noticing excess water runoff can prevent waterlogged soil – this is good for your garden and landscaping, and also protects your foundation from water damage.

2. Swales to Manage Runoff

A swale is a gentle rise in the elevation of the soil, which allows water runoff to flow towards the lower-lying portion of the land, and drain over time. Elevating your garden and creating a gentle slope away from it will ensure it doesn’t get too much water.

3. Divert Surface Water With Pebble Drains

A pebble drain or “rock river” consists of a trench filled with rock mulch. Water will flow out of waterlogged soil and into the drain, and it can be redirected into gutters and storm drains, ensuring that you don’t have to worry about excess water collecting on your lawn.

4. Rain Gardens to Trap Excessive Runoff

If you have an area of your lawn where water tends to collect, you can create a “rain garden” with plants that love moist conditions. Line the area with rocks and stone, and then plant wetland plants like sedges and ferns. These plants help soak up the moisture, preventing runoff and will thrive in damp conditions.

5. Make Your Garden Bloom With Wood Mulch

Wood mulch is useful for protecting your garden plants, and it encourages earthworm activity. As earthworms chew through the soil, they help aerate it and add nutrients to it – encouraging strong root structures which helps keep moisture in your garden, and preventing soil compaction.

6. Red Cedar for Walkway Shrubs

Planting shrubs around your walkways and around your home can help with drainage. The root structures will help retain moisture and release it to your French drains and pebble drains over time. Insulating these areas with a layer of Red Cedar Mulch helps them absorb even more water, further enhancing the benefits of planting shrubs near walkways and near your home.

Your Choice Creates A Beautiful Yard

Both wood and stone mulch can be really helpful for promoting proper drainage in your garden, as you can see above. Not sure where to start, what kind of mulch to use, or what parts of your landscaping need attention? Contact the experts at Windwood Bulk, and we can help you out with any questions you may have about mulch, drainage, and much more!