Rain and Snow in Your Yard Landscaping

Rain and snow in your yard landscaping will play a huge part in your decisions. Your yard landscaping needs to be done with close attention being paid to rain and snow as well as proper drainage.

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If you find that your yard gets too muddy in the winter or you have large puddles all over then you most likely do not have the right kind of drainage going on. This is something that you may want to consider getting a professional in to take care of. Get help with the projects you are unsure about and then you can tackle the rest of your yard landscaping yourself.


Rain in your yard landscaping is a huge consideration when planning. You should arrange your garden in such a way that when the falls it actually waters your plants. Think about how to best arrange your annuals, perennials, and trees where they will be able to use all of the water that falls into your yard. If you know the general rainfall levels and typical times of the year you will then be able to make up the water levels if there is drought with supplemental watering. This is important during the summer when it is hotter and there is not much rain.


Snow in your yard landscaping is another consideration when you are laying it out. These white flakes are just as vital as rain to your entire yard landscaping project. Snow not only waters your yard when it melts but the snow, although cold to the human touch, actually helps your yard as a wintertime insulator, keeping your soil warmer. This white blanket allows any plants that are sleeping under the snow to stay healthy and alive. Your bulbs will pop up in the spring in perfect form and color making your yard landscaping all the more beautiful.

Drainage & Puddling

When it rains you need to see just how the rain is transferred all over your yard. This is very important to the entire yard landscaping that you are planning to do. To do this simply put your raincoat on and take a walk around your yard the next time it starts to rain. Watch for areas where the rain puddles and where it drains to and you will be well on your way to perfect yard landscaping. You likely want to divert any pooling around your home foundation to areas where you need water for irrigation. If you watch your yard over a full year, you will know what needs to be done to get the right kind of drainage going to protect your home and bring the water to plants in your garden.

If you need some help with this, read through our articles on whether you need a landscaping pro or how to select a landscaper that will do the best work.

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