Smart Stormwater Solutions You Should Consider for Your Home

Your landscaping is an important part of your home. After all, it’s a big part of your home’s overall value and curb appeal. Unfortunately, your perfect landscaping can be ruined by a strong storm due to the puddling and flooding it can bring. Thankfully, there are numerous ways you can prevent any harm to your landscaping with the help of good landscape design.

Smart Stormwater Solutions You Should Consider for Your Home

In this post, Lifestyle Landscapes, Inc. discusses the various stormwater solutions you can consider for your home’s landscaping.

River of Rocks

You can turn the water drainage solutions of your landscaping into features that enhance your yard. One of these landscape enhancing stormwater solutions is a river of rocks. You can make ditches that can be landscaped to look like creek beds or small meadows and divert gutter water to flow here, preventing flooding in one area of your yard.


Swales follow the contour around the base of a slope in order to channel the stormwater from one place to the other, allowing the runoff to sink into the soil along the way. The plants or fast-draining soil that are placed on the swale’s banks can take up much of this water. In the event of heavy water flow, on the other hand, you can always add a perforated pipe laid in the gravel underneath.

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are shallow catch basins that are planted in your landscape as flower beds. This allows water to pool during a downpour before slowly percolating into the soil. With the right design, you can even direct a swale into the rain garden and use the runoff to promote lush plant growth in your yard. When incorporating a rain garden into your yard, professional help like the landscaping and patio design professionals of Lifestyle Landscapes, Inc., is often recommended.


If you have plans on paving your landscape, you can have small gaps incorporated in to allow water to seep into quick-draining gravel layers underneath. This will allow the top surface to remain dry, eliminate runoff and allow water in the layers of gravel to gradually sink into the soil beneath. You can pave your landscaping with three different materials: concrete, asphalt or plastic grids.

Turn to Lifestyle Landscapes, Inc. for your outdoor living needs. We are your number one provider of custom landscaping and gardening services. Give us a call at (206) 621-2626 or fill out our contact form to schedule a professional consultation. We serve homeowners in Seattle and other nearby areas.