Water is The Source of Life - PEER LANDSCAPING, Custom Design & Install, Fort Myers, FL

May 20, 2024by PeerLandscaping

Our Landscape Design Incorporates Irrigation and Drainage for a Gorgeous Look That’s Ecofriendly

Water is the source of life. This is a phrase we’ve all heard and of course it is true since it’s essential to our health, and the health of our ecosystem. That’s why at Peer Landscaping we always take water management into consideration when we are creating a new landscape design for you. Because water is only the source of life if it is clean and provided to our plants and wildlife in the proper amounts. 

That’s not always easy here in Southwest Florida. Our beautiful Gulf Coast has long dry periods from the late Fall through early Spring, followed by very heavy rains all throughout the summer. These extreme climate changes can lead to irrigation issues and ironically drainage issues on your property which significantly impacts stormwater management. Both irrigation and drainage are important to the look of your landscape, keeping your grass, foliage and plant life healthy, but also protecting your property and home against flooding and other damages from excess water. That’s why managing the water flow and drainage on your property is not only important for your look of your landscape, it’s also imperative for helping reduce the possible contaminants in your water runoff from flowing into our many canals, rivers, ponds, and most importantly the Gulf of Mexico itself. 

But how much do you know about irrigation and landscape drainage? Both are systems that work with water, but they do it with opposite functions. Irrigation systems artificially add water to your landscape, while drainage artificially removes it. And by artificial, we simply mean these functions are not coming about due to the weather, but to man-made solutions. But both systems must be considered before starting the landscape design. So let’s look at some of the essential considerations we think about when designing a landscape with drainage and irrigation in mind: 

 

  • Site Analysis: We start with a site analysis to understand the natural drainage patterns of your property, including slopes, soil types, and existing water flow. We then identify low-lying areas prone to water accumulation and areas with poor drainage.
  • Grading and Drainage: Proper grading helps direct water away from structures, like your home’s foundation or pool cage, and towards desired drainage points. We may create specific drainage points such as berms, swales, dry wells, or retention ponds. We may also look at incorporating surface drains, French drains, or channel drains to effectively manage excess water.
  • Permeable Surfaces: We will use permeable paving materials like gravel, permeable concrete, or porous asphalt to allow water to infiltrate the ground, reducing runoff and preventing erosion.
  • Rain Gardens: In some instances we will integrate rain gardens or bioretention areas into the design to capture and filter stormwater runoff. These features not only improve drainage but also enhance biodiversity into your yard.
  • Irrigation Systems: We will also integrate an efficient irrigation system tailored to your landscape’s needs, considering factors like plant types, soil moisture levels, and climate. We may want to use drip irrigation or soaker hoses to deliver water directly to the roots of your plants, minimizing evaporation and runoff.
  • Water Conservation: Our landscape design will implement water-saving techniques such as mulching to retain soil moisture, selecting drought-tolerant plants, and grouping plants with similar water requirements together to optimize irrigation efficiency.
  • Sustainable Practices: Peer Landscaping embraces sustainable landscape practices such as xeriscaping, which reduces the need for supplemental irrigation by using drought-resistant native plants and minimizing water-intensive turf areas.
  • Maintenance Plan: Along with you, our client, we will develop a maintenance plan that includes regular inspection of drainage systems, adjusting irrigation schedules based on weather conditions, and promptly addressing any issues to ensure the long-term functionality of your gorgeous new landscape.

 

By incorporating these principles into the landscape design process, we create a beautiful outdoor space that effectively manages drainage and irrigation, promoting both sustainability and functionality in your yard.