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The usual practice when it comes to rainwater management on properties is to move the water as fast and effectively as possible. However, doing so can compromise your water quality by producing more flooding downstream and eradicating the natural cleansing process that occurs when water moves through the soil.

In this post, your local provider of quality gutter guards shares landscape designing tips for slowing down, spreading and sinking rainwater into the ground.

Store Water From the Downspouts

Storing roof runoff in a rain barrel or cistern can significantly reduce the amount of water that ends up in the ground. It will also give you access to rainwater for irrigation during a drought or times of low rainfall.

Invest in a Green Roof

A shallow green roof can absorb an inch of rainwater, which is released back to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration, reducing the stormwater runoff load on downstream water bodies.

Plant Steep Slopes

Slopes with herbaceous and woody plants can slow down running water. They also help in reducing the chances of erosion and stabilizing the slope.

Cover Bare Ground

Bare ground can act as an impervious surface, which quickly sheds water runoff. Covering the bare ground with wood chips, stones or course-grade mulch can slow and spread water and prevent erosion.

Slow Water With a Swale

Swales can simultaneously slow, spread and sink water. They also look more visually appealing than a buried pipe and can be an asset in your landscape design.

Add a Rain Garden

While a rain garden can help in absorbing a significant amount of water runoff, it requires a lot of space. If you don’t have enough space, you can direct the water into plant beds for infiltration. Gutter Helmet® of Minnesota is your leading provider of quality gutter guards. Call us at (800) 824-3772 or complete our contact form to learn more about our services. We serve clients in Monticello, Minnesota.