Understanding the Importance of Landscape Drainage for Your Precious Root Barrier Plants

Any property with a beautiful and well-manicured landscape has a much better chance of getting sold at a much higher value than properties that do not have such landscapes. And while it is easy to look at one’s landscape as nothing more than the accurate and artistic placement of various elements to provide an aesthetically-pleasing scene, there really is something more important that is not often seen by passersby. The materials you use in your landscape can make or break the plant materials in your yard and, thus, play a role in its overall value. It is important to understand the role of landscape drainage in the life of your precious plants.

All living organisms require water for survival, including plants. Plant life take their water from the soil. Hence, the type of soil you have in your landscape can determine whether your plants will thrive as expected or will wilt and die in the process.

Clay-based soils have the tendency to hold water and moisture which, at first glance, is good news. Unfortunately, it can also oversaturate the roots of the plants. The capillary action of clay-based soils is also very slow, meaning you won’t be able to bring the water to the rest of the roots of the plant. Moreover, when this type of soil dries out, it cracks and can turn very hard. Rehydrating it can be quite difficult.

On the other hand, sandy or gravel types of soils tend to lose water very quick because of the larger holes or spaces in between particles. The best soil for landscape drainage purposes is the sandy loam or even the loam type of soil. These soils are neither too dry nor too wet, making them the perfect drainage material for your tree barrier installation landscape.

Another aspect of soil-based landscape drainage you have to think about is the pH level of the soil. Most plant species prefer a pH within the range of 5.5 to 7.0 which is slightly acidic, with the normal at pH 7.0. Unfortunately, most of the soils that are found in backyards are very acidic, often below the pH of 5.0. In properties where liming is observed, the soil can have a pH of 8.0 or greater. In either case, highly acidic or highly alkaline soils can initiate chemical changes in the particles of the soil. This can have an effect on its ability to drain water effectively.

Testing the pH of your soil can be performed every 5 years with a yard drainage service. If you want to make sure you can have it every 3 years.

If your soil holds excess water, you can break it up by adding sand and organic material. If your soil is soggy, you will need to drain it properly. If it drains and dries up too fast, you can add organic material that will help hold moisture.

Plants in your yard require the right amounts of water for it to grow. If they get waterlogged, then you can expect them to perish. If your plants aren’t getting enough water they will perish, too. This is the importance of having a carefully-laid out landscape drainage in your yard.