Proper soil development is rarely addressed during landscape construction which often leads to significant drainage problems when coupled with long periods of rain or mismanaged irrigation. Drainage plans can relieve standing water and soggy soils but long-term success relies on control of water sources, modification of soil texture, stratification reduction, subsurface fracturing and drainage hardware installation.
Excess water in the landscape can be a big headache but it may just be an overlooked opportunity. Increasingly municipalities are offering rebates and subsidies for projects that minimize offsite flow. Increasing groundwater recharge with rain gardens, Flo-Wells and deep soil development practices may have a significant impact on your budget as well as your corporate image. Re-using collected surface water on site in irrigation systems, water features and wetland areas may be another opportunity.