You should always be considering proper drainage when designing your lawn. If the area you live in experiences a lot of rain throughout the year, then you will have to create a drainage system that will safely remove excess water.
Building small canals on the sides of your lawn may be enough to create proper water flow in case of flooding. This will depend on how your lawn is angled and if it slopes in any one direction. Many times puddling can be a problem. This can occur when too much rain falls and is concentrated in one area. You will realize you have puddling issues when you look outside your window and see your moat, but then realize you didn’t build a moat.
You may have to cover these areas with gravel or create small channels that will take the water away. Make sure your roof has gutters that can also take away excess water. You can buy extensions for the gutter system that will safely remove water from your yard. If not, you will have mini moats at the base of the gutters. This is not attractive.
Sewage and other underground plumbing
Breaking an underground water main could get you arrested in some areas, so it is wise that you do not break ground until you know what is under there. All too often people have an idea for a gazebo or underground bomb shelter, and while there is nothing wrong with these ideas, you will still have to be careful before digging too far into the ground.
If you break a water line or sewage line, you will have another moat situation on your hands. An expensive moat situation. You will have to call someone to come in and repair the pipes and get the excess water and other stuff from your lawn. It’s an embarrassing situation that you don’t want to have to discuss at the next neighborhood picnic.
Find the plumbing plans at your county clerk’s office or planning commission. These will give you a good idea of what is under the ground and the potential dangers you could face.
Terry Blackburn. Internet Marketing Consultant, living in South Shields in the North-East of England. Author and Producer of blog http://www.lawnsurgeon.blogspot.com Author of "Your Perfect Lawn," a 90 Page eBook devoted to Lawn Preparation, Lawn Care and Maintenance. Find it at http://www.lawnsurgeon.com
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