Supplement Your Drainage System with Trees

Drainage can make or break an apartment complex. If your complex is built on a slope or a slightly hilly area, then powerful storms are a constant problem. They shift the soil, threaten to flood downhill structures, and make pools of standing water on pathways. Strong storms can also ruin fragile landscaping. If clean-up after a storm is being too expensive or takes up too much time, talk to a landscaping service about planting more trees.

How can trees help control precipitation?

Trees drink thousands of gallons of water a year, although hardy varieties can survive with less during a drought. Not only can trees’ root systems pull excess water from marshy, muddy soil so it becomes dry and safe to walk on faster, their leaves can help, too. They can catch and absorb approximately 30% of the rainfall in their proximity before it even hits the ground, which means less flooding and shifted soil. Even acid rain can be relatively safely filtered by mature trees.

Ask your landscaping company about planting trees near the bottom of sloped areas, along pathways, and wherever you notice flooding problems away from building perimeters. If you need to protect a downhill building from water, also ask them about forming a protective ridgeline and what trees can safely be planted the closest to the structure.

How can trees help control erosion?

Precipitation isn’t the only problem strong storms cause. The water runoff displaces the soil, too. That causes everything from muddy pathways to exposed foundations. But tree roots can grab onto the soil and hold it in place. Well-placed shrubs and bushes can help do the same thing near concrete since they have less aggressive roots.