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How To Landscape To Help Improve The Water Runoff Around Your Home

Keeping your home's exterior well-landscaped can help improve its appearance and improve your home's value. Well-planned landscaping around your home can also help keep your home's foundation and basement dry and safe from moisture problems. Here are two ways you can accomplish this in the landscaping around your home.

Build Up Foundation Soil

Raising the bedding soil of any landscaped areas next to the foundation of your home not only creates visual interest, the sloping soil also helps keep water flowing away from your home's foundation instead of toward it. One expert recommends when you build up the soil around your home's foundation or basement to create a slope of at least six inches within the first ten feet away from your home. This slope allows the water to flow the pathway of least resistance, which is away from your home.

Building up the soil around your home to create a steeper slope is better and will help improve your foundation's ability to stay dry. If you lack any extra soil you can use to build up the landscaping around your foundation, you can order extra soil from a landscaping company, which they can deliver by truck to your property.

Soil that is installed at a level elevation around the foundation of your home or even sloping toward your home will allow water in the soil to seep downward and saturate the area around your foundation. This, in time, causes the water to flow into your home's foundation through cracks or gaps in the foundation wall and slab, leading to a wet basement and growth of mold and mildew.

Using Mulch or Ground Cover

A second method to help improve the water runoff around your home is to plant ground cover on your landscape beds around your home, or install a mulch or similar soil covering. This is especially helpful when you complete it in addition to adding slope to the soil around your home. Using a vegetation ground cover or mulch will provide cover and protect the soil from excess saturation during rain storms and help the water flow down your sloped landscaped areas and away from your home. This helps reduce the soil erosion to any bedding you have built up around your foundation. 

Some attractive and thick vegetation ground cover includes bishop's weed, periwinkle, hens-and-chicks, and cotoneaster. For a non-living mulch, you can use bark, wood chips, or even rubber mulch to cover the soil around your home.

Use these tips to help landscaping your yard for a dry foundation and basement interior. For more information, contact companies like Goller Excavating.