KXII Morning Show Gardening Texoma
Drainage: “Two Lines of Defense”
• Think long term. For successful drainage, not for the everyday rain, but for the two rains that come every year, that we call gully rushers, torrential rain, and when it is raining cats and dogs. This is also for the kind of rain we receive every 10 years that we experienced this past spring.
• When looking at your property, assess where the main water flow lines are and how much accumulative water gathers in a given spot (i.e. Water holes and puddles.)
• Good drainage = good biological health
• Standing water cuts off oxygen and causes death. Stagnant water is dead water.
• Your castle is your greatest asset. Keep it high and dry.
First Line of Defense: Further from the home.
• Water that flows toward your home should be controlled to flow around the home.
• If it is marginal, and there is an accumulative amount of water that gathers around your house, it can negatively affect soil expansion/contraction
• Collected water can attract unwanted insects such as fire ants, termites, and mosquitoes.
• Displacement off of the roof should be treated the same way. Control the flow of water away from the home.
Second Line of Defense: Close to the home.
• There are only 3 ways to move water: mechanical, gravity and steam (though steam doesn’t apply here)
• A French drain is a trenched system where water can enter through porous rock that is filtered and is cut with a natural gravitational fall. This is directed to a discharge point that the water can be carried to a safer controlled use.
• Gutters can be tied into this system to channel water away by the bottom of the downspout, with an adaptive boot, and tied into the plumbing of the French drain.
Two lines of defense for your drainage will insure your investment for the long term.
Energy Saving Tip of the Day: Sustainable energy, flash light that runs off of people power. (Wind up flash light, with LED bulbs.)