Your landscape shouldn’t simply meet your aesthetic requirements; it should be able to prove functional as well, especially in terms of rainwater management. Here are some landscape design tips that will help you manage rainwater more effectively.——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–How to Slow Down WaterSlowing down rainwater helps prevent flooding downstream and reduce the risk of erosion. It also encourages the water to soak through the soil and promotes the natural cleansing process. In order to slow down water, you first need to identify the areas in your yard where runoff usually occurs.Typically, any hard surface like roof shingles will shed water quickly. During gutter installation, you can ask your contractor to ensure that the downspouts are installed in appropriate areas. You can also opt to add a rain barrel or cistern to collect roof runoff. This can significantly reduce the runoff, and you can use the stored water later on for irrigation.How to Spread WaterIn order to spread water effectively, you should first locate the flows of water that usually come off your roof, patio or driveway. Find out where the water is traveling, and look out for spots where water runoff tends to collect.Spreading water is closely linked to slowing water. These two steps usually work hand in hand so you’ll notice that the process of slowing water also involves spreading it. For example, bare ground can be an impervious surface so it often sheds water runoff very quickly. To slow and spread water, you can cover the bare ground with stones, wood chips or coarse-grade mulch. These elements can help break up rushing water.How to Sink Water Into the GroundTo ensure that water sinks into the ground, you can add plant beds. A rain garden particularly can absorb and infiltrate a good amount of runoff. Alternatively, you can use a variety of ground cover materials that can aid infiltration, such as gravel, wood chips and permeable paving.Gutter Helmet® of Dallas Fort Worth is a locally owned business with several years of experience. We only use high-quality products and follow industry standards when handling projects. Call us at (817) 495-7278, or fill out our contact form to request a consultation.