The key to surviving El Nino and its effects is preparation. The harsh rainy season can take a beating on your landscape but there are ways to keep your property and loved ones safe.
Experts say Southern California will be drenched this winter season and the condition may continue until spring next year. However, our reservoirs still wouldn’t be able to benefit as much as they’re not ready yet to store such amount of water. Most water, unfortunately, will hence end up as runoff.
At home, you can take advantage of the rainwater. It might have to involve renovation projects in case you find potential problem areas. But, you’d benefit from the results as these projects shall also double as your home’s first line of defense from the harsh weather.
Here are few tips to getting your home ready for the heavy rains.
Create Plans for the Entire Yard
Even when you’re only tackling a particular portion in your yard, consider making plans for your entire yard as well. Think forward to future renovations to avoid damages to your existing landscape.
Be sure to look into low and high spots in your yard to prevent runoff. As much as possible, find ways to collect water falling on your outdoor flooring. Let it soak into the ground rather than going straight to the storm drains.
Keep Water Away from Home
Downsprouts, rain gutters, and storm drains are normally not given attention especially that Southern California enjoys sunshine year round.
However, these areas in your home perform an important job during the rainy season. Water is directed away from your home and landscape so it doesn’t roam freely and wreak havoc.
With that said, do take time to check these areas and ensure they’re ready for the tough job ahead.
Find Ways to Store and Recycle Stormwater
With rainwater harvesting, rain falling on your roof is collected and stored for later use. To make water safe for use, however, sediments have to be removed from it first.
Rainwater harvesting with permeable paving helps you achieve this. Water is cleaned before entering the tank and getting distributed for home use.
Look into Permeable Paving Options
Hardscapes, such as pavers, are elements in your yard that are not naturally a part of your garden. They create balance with the softscapes or the natural part of your yard such as trees and plants.
However, some hardscapes prevent water to seep into the ground. Water they receive is delivered to the storm drains right away. And along with this surface runoff are dirt, debris, and contaminants that reach our waterways.
You can do something about it. We all can by adding permeable paving options and reducing impervious materials in our landscape.
For instance, you can leave gaps between pavers and apply gravel or decomposed granite. You can also look into permeable paving system.
Permeable pavers combine functional and attractive so you can enjoy outdoor spaces that last. Plus, you help reduce runoff by letting water seep right into the ground through the gaps between pavers.
Work only with Landscape Professionals
Your landscape design and build contractor should help you create a sustainable landscape that can survive the dramatic Southern California weather.
The combination of hardscaping and softscaping should help maximize use of the area while at the same time serving as your property’s first line of defense should natural disaster strike.
Now that rainstorms, mudslides, and flooding are likely to occur according to experts, there is no better time to rethink your landscape than now.
If you need help redesigning your hardscapes, a particular portion in your yard, or your entire landscape, you can get in touch with us at (818) 275-8613 or leave us a message here. Consult landscape design professionals for free.