Understanding Landscape Design Plans for Drainage Issues

Having professionally designed and well thought out landscape design plans for drainage issues, many of which can do significant damage to a property’s foundation, can not only make an incredible difference in terms of ongoing maintenance and overall costs, but also in regards to the visual outcome of the surrounding landscaping. Creating a solid plan is essential for absolute best results.

landscape design plans for drainage

Unlike planting plans or lighting plans, proper drainage design helps avoid the many issues that have the potential to permanently damage the foundation of a home.

For example, homes situated near hillsides should have sloped run-off features installed at the appropriate locations in order to route water and moisture away from the property.

Landscape plans for drainage problems may also entail planting beds away from the home’s foundation, or installing downspouts complete with extensions or with access to perimeter drains.

There may also be a section of the plan that addresses the issue of erosion or irrigation outlining various ways of strategic landscaping. Drainage issues may also be solved with grading the landscaping or resurfacing walkways and driveways with materials that help to reduce soil erosion, limit pollutants, or even planting specific types of plants.

Below are three important components of drainage for landscape design plans.

 

Grading and Drainage Notes

landscape design plans for drainage

Details about the various types of techniques for your unique landscape drainage plan are found in the grading and drainage notes.

Similar to the example on shown here on the right, you will find instructions regarding what will be done in terms of grading the areas that need it the most as well as how all of the drainage problems will be addressed.

The information here may include specific drainage plans that involve installing downspouts, digging drainage ditches, or planting beds near the problem areas. There may also be notes about grading or sloping the landscape away from the property or foundation and how this will be accomplished.

 

Drainage Legend

landscape design plans for drainage
It’s rather important to have at least a simple, basic legend in regards to your landscape design plans for drainage issues so you’ll be able to understand the various symbols that will be used throughout your plan.

Expect to see explanations along side of the corresponding symbols such as those in the following example to the right.

 

 

 

 

Drainage Illustrations

landscape design plans for drainage

Pictures and illustrations can literally speak volumes when it comes to understanding the final outcome of your landscape drainage plans as you’ll be able to actually see images of the materials used, or proposed renderings of the work to be done.

Drainage plans may show an outline of how certain rocks and an under laid barrier of grass will be incorporated into the design, or perhaps illustrate the installation of downspouts. To the left is an example of a typical drainage illustration.

This important plan is part of your secondary layer and if designed correctly can avoid some very costly mistakes in the future.

 

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