If you own a house in South Florida then you are well aware of how some yards can be very adamant. Some homes in this area started out with dirt and no drainage problems. Nowadays the topsoil’s have been replaced with clay. This, even though it may not look nice, is the perfect place for a tree of some sort and these trees are attracted to the area by the moisture it provides. So, if you are bothered by poor drainage or simply cannot live without some trees in your yard you can always have the clay soil replaced with some roughly crushed pottery gravel.
Also, if you have any faucets, drainage pipes, sewers, or other structures that are included in your yards, such as a birdbath, muddy hole, gutter, concrete, or sidewalk you know that eventually these will get plugged up with dirt and debris. This can really wreak havoc with your whole landscape.
Landscapers, architects, and landscape artists will say that if you are planting a tree or shrub in your yard all around the drainage system, you will need to have this area accumulation dirt or go around the drainage system with a shovel and accumulate the dirt.
This is the proper way to go about it. Of course, why do that and then have to live with the consequences afterward? That is indeed something that works on your head every time you have to go to work.
If you want to have a nice yard with a nice tree or even some grass, there are certain things that you must do to prevent the drainage system’s from getting blocked up, obstructed, or damaged altogether.
So, let’s look at some of these methods for a second, shall we?
1: The best thing to do is to use gravel for the flat clay soil that covers your yard. That gravel should be compacted and installed under this earth. It is only a few yards around South Florida with clay soils that generate depression that work well with landscaping and greenery.
2: You could either have all your lawn planted with grass that grows slow and can hold up with water, if you are not too concerned with the rapid growth rate and just wants low maintenance lawns (that aren’t as appealing to shade-loving species like Bermuda.
3: You could install some gravel in the horizontal graveling for the lawn that you do not care much for. Some people do, if you have even a little grass density, in that case, limestone would work so well. In a similar fashion, if you have many areas where the soil movement is not strong enough for anything to grow, then stone or even gravel would be the answer to your situation. As to where you want to install the stones, it is again a matter of advice. Some people like to install stones in corners while others want the stones to be randomly placed. As you can tell, there are many options that are simply determined by the location of your particular property.
4: If you find that the drainage of your yard is not being Effectively causing you to have to purchase extravagant drainage systems then you could finally start to have the clay soil replaced with some pottery gravel. If you replace the clay soil and find that you are left with reverse drainage then be aware that the soil has become soft to the point that you have no choice but to purchase a drainage system.
As you now see, you do have many options for lawns that have some drainage issues. Depending on several factors like, the amount of money you want to spend, the size of the lawn, what type of growth you are expecting, or just any other factor, you can choose from a variety of lawn options that just work fine. As far as how your grass looks like after installing the gravel, it all depends on how much it weighs.
Also, as far as what types of plants and flowers are you likely to grow, again another factor comes into play. Some of the plants you can grow that fine include:
- Carpet shattered trees* acoustic trees, (amazing for your lawn with its heights up to 42 feet and width of 26 feet and still have the tree come down to you encapsulating the roots so that you can harvest the tree)* Bird hedges which grow and thrive in dry clay soils* Gourds* snapped oak limbs growing into a beautiful landscape* StPerfect flowers which grow into large very beautiful lily plants* Wattles* Weig fatigue seed oil* African violets, (amazing for your yard with its colors of flowers ranging from blue to purple. If it is a low-stress flower, it can be used to line the edge of your lawn.* Edges of you garden* Gourds* Underations and garden walls ( Watts uses them too)
You can find many more types of plants by consulting your local nursery or a catalog.