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Taking Care of Drainage in And Around Your Home

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Excessive water supply is anyway harmful for a lawn’s growth. Water accumulated in the different parts of the lawn area raises drainage problems, which must be solved by following a good drainage system. Lawn drainage problems are primarily seen during the rainy season, and are a major concern for the lawn’s health. It is also highly dangerous for various plants functions like photosynthesis, metabolism, etc. Moreover, poor drainage also reduces the disease and pest resistance power of the lawn plants.

What Causes Poor Drainage?

The drainage problem in lawn is the result of many factors. This primarily includes the soil type and soil compaction. A soil type with high clay content and low organic matter highly boosts drainage problems in the lawn. Similarly, a highly compacted soil hardly gives any space for the air and water movement, and thus leads to hazardous drainage problems.

Solving the problem

The situation of lawn drainage adversely affects the grass roots and creates unhealthy environment for the grass’s growth. In order to tackle such situations, a well maintained drainage system is required. The drainage problems of a lawn can be solved by taking into account the following tips and advices-

· Aeration- One of the most recommended tricks is to aerate the lawn. You can use a punch core aerator for this process. Aerating aims at eliminating cores of soil and adds air pockets, thus helping in improving the drainage condition.

· Applying hardpan subsoil- Introducing hardpan subsoil like hardpan and hard clays also helps in solving the drainage problem. A few inches of hardpan subsoil layer prevents the passage of water to go through the ground.

· Adding compost- In order to hold water and improve drainage, it is advisable to top dress the soil by adding compost/sand blend or compost/top soil. This tips works successfully for heavy clay content soil as well as sandy soil. The main aim is to apply organic matter in the lawn that increases its retaining power.

· Making borders- If the lawn drainage problem exists in a small area of the lawn, then it is advisable to dig and make borders along with planting small plants that would automatically get the required water for growth.

· Top dressing- There is great chance of water being transferred from higher properties into your lawn. To solve such situation, it is recommended to raise the lawn to the same level by top dressing. Moreover, it is advised to lay down a drainage system between two properties.

· Drain Tile- A permanent drainage system can be availed by opting for a French drain, or more commonly known as “drain tile”. A  perimeter drainage system is an important component of household drainage and vital to keeping water away from the foundation. It is also important for drainage rain water off the lawn. without a proper perimeter drain tile system you will get water pooling in the yard and probably foundation damage to your home. If your perimeter drains are clogged, or collapsed then you’ll need a drain tile installation Vancouver professional to replace the sewer pipes.

· Adding scenic beauty- In case, you have no drainage option left; you can turn the messy situation into a beautiful landscaping feature. You can dig a small pond and get the excess water accumulated in it. Moreover, make the pond look scenic by adding natural features like aquatic life, rocks, fountain, etc.

You can easily achieve a well maintained drainage free lawn by following the above tips. Also, make sure to use the right type of soil that have low clay content and provide enough space for air and water movement.

House Painting Tips For The DIY Homeowner

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Painting the outside of your home may seem like a hard, long, and tedious nightmare. But with careful organized planning, a DIY house painting project will be a fun family experience providing a sense of accomplishment with little aggravation. This article will help you accomplish just that.

Pressure Cleaning

Every painting project should begin with pressure cleaning. Use a chlorine bleach solution to kill any mildew growing on the house. You can apply the solution either with a bug sprayer or an injector attachment with the pressure cleaner. The solution strength should be at least 10:1. Pressure cleaning will also remove any peeling paint, chalking, and stubborn dirt.

Patching, Caulking, Repairs

Open face cracks should be filed with a patching compound, not caulk. Caulking is used to seal windows, doors and corners. Caulk on an open face surface will flash when painted. Replace any damaged trim such as rotted fascia board or wooden door trim.

Sealer, Conditioner

An absolute necessity. I cannot stress enough the importance of sealing and priming an exterior before painting your home. Sealers and primers are less expensive than top coats and when properly applied reduce the amount of expensive top coats needed, saving you money. But more important is the moisture protection a good seal brings. Sealer locks out moisture and increases the life of your top coat. It prevents moisture seepage that works to break down your top coat while increasing the likelihood of mildew growth.

The Top Coats

Always choose high quality paint for the top coats. A few dollars here will make you painting experience more pleasant. Better coverage, less work, a better finish is just some of the benefits from using high quality top coats.

Flat vs. Satin

I always recommend using satin paint sheen over a flat. It is a little more expensive but worth the price. It creates a far better moisture barrier protecting the home from water seepage and mildew. A satin sheen also provides a better paint finish appearance.

Color selection:

Color Selection is a whole other area left for another article. For a simple guide, exterior trim may be painted either lighter or darker than the body depending on the neighborhood, landscape, or geographical area. The front door may be painted in a much darker, bolder color than the body and trim for more elegance. Following this simple exterior house painting guide will make your exterior house painting project less aggravating and hopefully a fun family experience.