Landscape Drainage Tips for Your Santa Barbara Yard

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Proper landscape drainage results in the natural or artificial removal of ground surface and sub-surface from an area by water. It protects your home, particularly the foundation, from cracking and uneven shrinkage and swelling. It is also important for plant and tree health.

Drainage can also be responsible for harvesting water as a natural resource. It plays an important part in water conservation in the form of natural lakes and reservoirs.

Schedule a meeting with us to discuss your landscape drainage needs if you live in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Ynez, Oxnard, Ventura or Ojai.

All of these benefits underscore the importance of a planned approach to a landscape drainage system so that all the elements of your property work together. Delivering the proper allocation of water is required for the health of a landscape and the people who live on it.

Lanscape surface drainage
Draining marshy areas of your yard will prevent these conditions:

  • Insects and mold spores from breeding
  • Diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and lung affliction

A well-designed landscape drainage system consists of the following:

  • Proper grading to creates positive drainage away from structures
  • Adjacent properties and being careful not to drain onto them
  • Identifying and addressing existing problems such as poorly placed downspouts
  • Identifying naturally occurring low areas
  • Room additions that create dams and changes the originally-intended water flow

The key to solving most existing problems is to find out how water flows and where it comes from—other than the obvious rain falling from the sky.

Types of Landscape Drainage Systems:

  • Surface
  • Downspout
  • French
  • Channel

French Drains are a good solution for your home

French Drains - Santa Barbara
One particular form of effective landscape drainage is the French Drain. It is the least ecologically invasive of all the different types drainage, and can often utilize materials found on the job as part of the process. French drains often refers to a ditch dug in which a pipe is laid. The water flows down a grate and through the pipe out into a gutter or a creek. A traditional French Drain, however, is a trench dug, graded and filled with gravel.

French drains are especially useful in areas where property lines cross on mountainsides and creek beds. Because this kind of French Drain utilizes natural materials, it is a perfect choice for landscapes located in the mountains of Montecito.

Whatever the circumstance our drainage design team can take the most challenging areas for drainage and transform them from a swampy mess or a dry wasteland into a lush oasis.

Creating healthy and beautiful landscapes is top priority. We promise to create for you a gorgeous outdoor living space where you’ll be proud to entertain friends or just relax with family.

And you can have the peace of mind knowing that we’re bonded, licensed and insured to protect the safety of our staff and clients.

Down to Earth Landscapes Inc. is located in Santa Barbara, Ca 93101 and for over 40 years and has earned a fine reputation for installing and maintaining landscape drainage. We pride ourselves on creating unique residential outdoor landscaping. Our clients are in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and the communities of Montecito, Santa Ynez, Ojai and Oxnard.

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