Rain Gardens: A Creative Solution to Your Drainage Problems

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

One problem with installing a drainage system to keep your yard dry, such as a French drain, is the final destination of the runoff water. Where is it all going to end up? One excellent solution is to create a rain garden. This landscape feature offers a way to eliminate excess water on your lawn and also beautify your property at the same time. Here is a look at some of the considerations involved.  How They Work  A rain garden holds excess water that comes from the drainage system. The plants and soil in the garden keep the water from turning the lawn into a soggy mess. The excess water will seep into the ground over time. Also, the plants in the rain garden can help to remove any pollutants from the water.  Best Locations   The best location for the rain garden is a low spot or depression in your yard. You want to make certain the spot is not too close to your foundation. Pick an area that is at least ten feet away from your house. If you have a septic tank, make certain that the location is well away from the septic system as well. Another key consideration is your water table, which is how high your groundwater rises at a its peak. The seasonal high water table at the location should be no higher than 24 inches from the surface.  Excavating the Garden   It’s possible to excavate a small rain garden yourself, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty. Large excavations are probably best left to the experts. You can dig out the area with either a shovel or a rented mini-excavator. Before you do any digging, however, make sure to contact your utility companies so that your do not disturb any underground cables.  Dig out an area about five feet by ten feet. The depth of the bed should be about two feet and the sides of the bed should be slightly sloped.  Finishing the Job To finish the job, place a mixture of compost and sand into the hole. Leave a space of about six inches below the level of the soil for the water to collect. Place a variety of plants that thrive in wet conditions in the center of the garden and species that tolerate standing water closer to the edges.  Creating a rain garden is one of the most intriguing ways to dispose of any excess water on your property. For more information, contact a...

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3 Common Deck Problems And Their Solutions

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Decks are an integral part of the marina. They provide users with a means to get from the shore and into their boat safely. Without a deck, it can be quite difficult to gain entry into your craft. However, decks are often exposed to the elements of the world on a regular basis. Because of this, they end up wearing down and deteriorating. Thankfully, there are simple solutions to some of the common problems that deck owners face today. Water Damage Since your deck is going to be placed in the marina, it is a little difficult to avoid contact with water. It has to go in the water to be properly mounted and affixed in place. Most of the time, deck owners never think about sealing the wood on their deck before putting it in place. Even those who do have their deck sealed need to make sure it stays sealed. This means going out and resealing the deck every few years. Regardless of what sealant you put on your deck, it is going to end up deteriorating and wearing down at some point or another. If you notice the water isn’t beading on the wood any longer, it is time to seal it again. Faded Color Over the course of time, your wood will end up losing its color. Instead of being a nice brown, it turns into a dull gray from all of the debris and damage to it. A wood cleaner can often restore the majority of the color to your deck by removing all of the grime responsible for the discoloration in the first place. Wood brightener also helps to restore color. When done, make sure to seal the wood to prevent fading down the road again. Wood Rot Rot occurs when the wood begins to fall apart. This is the last thing you want to happen to your deck. Beyond looking awful, wood rot can also destroy the integrity of the deck. If you notice signs of rot, you need to inspect your deck right away. It might be that you have a fixture that is causing the water to pool in one particular area and causing it to rot. By bringing a professional like Abbott’s Construction Services Inc. out to examine your deck and find out what can be done to preserve it, you can save yourself a lot of hassles and headaches down the...

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