If you are lucky enough to live on an elevated plot of land and have some marvellous views of the surrounding countryside, you've got plenty to be thankful for. However, you may also have some challenges to consider due to the nature of the terrain and issues associated with run-off. How can you do your bit to control this unwanted phenomenon, and what are the consequences of inaction?
Your back garden may slope significantly from one point to another, simply due to the characteristics of the property. However, you may take great pride in its appearance and want to make sure that you have a lush, green lawn, while you also have a number of different flowerbeds that require extra work.
Remember, if water does run off your property and into a neighbours yard or into a nearby storm drain, it could carry chemicals as well. After all, you use herbicides and fertilisers to manage the appearance of your garden, to keep it looking its best. Nevertheless, this is clearly bad for the environment over the long term.
Dealing with Erosion
Water run-off can, unfortunately, be a significant problem and not just from a conservation point of view. You will want to be especially careful if the soil beneath your home is made from clay or similar material, as this can make it difficult for excess water to penetrate the ground in any case.
Of course, you cannot do anything about those hefty summertime storms that will, by themselves, cause run-off. However, you can certainly avoid a daily issue associated with your irrigation systems by introducing a design that is purpose-made for your plot.
You may also be able to take additional steps. For example, you can introduce a special type of mulch that is made from fibre-based materials and able to retain moisture, which can help you to prevent erosion. Perhaps you can introduce elevated flowerbeds and different levels to your yard so that it is not as easy for any excess water to flow off your property.
What You Can Do
Do your bit to stop this problem by considering a complete redesign of your garden in association with a landscape architect. You should also talk with an irrigation specialist and ask them to install an erosion control irrigation system that is tailor-made for your property and that is less likely to contribute to the overall problem.