The impact of drainage on maintaining a healthy garden and lawn or landscape cannot be understated.
Drainage systems play a crucial role in ensuring water does not flood or accumulate in your garden and in protecting the structure and foundation of a house or building. Strip drains, or channel drains, also help prevent the proliferation of pests like mosquitoes that thrive in stagnant water.
Benefits of a drainage system
A working drainage system provides several key benefits for gardens, lawns and landscapes:
A healthy environment for plant cultivation — Without drainage, excess water accumulates and impedes root respiration, leading to root tissue damage or rotting. Well-drained soil encourages the growth of healthy root systems and prevents crop damage during harvesting. A strip drain is perfect for this.
Encourages efficient microbial decomposition —This is essential to the growth of good bacteria in the soil, which are, in turn, needed to break down organic soil matter and fertilisers. The final product of this process is then made available as plant food.
Improves soil quality —With proper drainage, soil structure and infiltration capacity are enhanced, increasing soil capacity to hold rainfall and reducing erosion and runoff.
Helps maintain optimum soil temperature —Soil warms up faster when excess water is removed. When the soil reaches an optimum temperature (e.g., 18°C to 24°C or 65°F to 75°F for most vegetables), plant growth is stimulated and accelerated. It also stimulates the bacterial activity needed for better germination.
Aids in increasing salt leaching — This prevents the accumulation of salts in the soil. High sodium in plants can lead to stunted growth, leaf tips that seem burned and the yellowing of younger leaves.
Reduces the need for tilling — You can finish tillage work faster when you have well-drained soil.
High-quality drainage supplies at The Landscape Store
At The Landscape Store, we offer drainage systems of different sizes and colours to suit your home or lawn’s design. From Lauxes Grates’ minimalist selection of tile inserts and standard grates to Ultra Drain’s effective linear strip drainage and various drain accessories, our range of drainage systems can quickly move water away from your lawns and homes.
Shop from our range of Ultra Drain kits suitable for different types of lawns, pools and homes. Whether you need drainage pipes or other drainage supplies, you can find them at The Landscape Store. Get in touch with us or order online today!
What are the different types of drainage?
There are several kinds of drainage systems, which are sometimes installed in tandem as they each perform specific functions.
Below are some common residential drainage options:
Surface drainage system—This comprises a system of parallel, shallow ditches that serve as canals for surface runoff water.
French drains, ag-pipes or subsurface drainage systems— These are placed beneath the top layer of soil to drain excess water away from the root zone.
Slope drainage system — Slope drains use pipes that move down a slope to direct surplus water away from a structure and downhill.
Gutter and downspout system — This system gathers rainwater from the gutters and sends it directly to the ground.
Strip drains — Otherwise known as a ‘channel drain’ or a ‘linear drain,’ a strip drain is a long, narrow drain that can be installed over long lengths, such as a pool, lawn or around a home, to redirect pool water, rain or other excess water.
What types of drainage supplies does The Landscape Store offer?
We offer many drainage supplies ideal for landscaping applications, pools, kitchens, wineries and more. These include Ultra Drain kits and accessories, such as right-angle corners, bottom outlets, end caps, joiners, etc.
What type of pipe is used for drainage?
The versatility, affordability, durability, easy installation and ready availability of plastic pipes make them a popular drainage pipe. Plastic drainage pipes come in various sizes to accommodate different volumes of water and perform various functions. Four-inch diameter pipes are typically used for outdoor landscaping work.