As a homeowner there are many ways you can landscape your yard with the use of environmentally friendly options to help sustain the local resources and also protect the land around you. You can reduce water runoff and filter out pollutants to keep a more hydrologic balance and also allow precipitation to flow into the ground of your property so your own vegetation can benefit from it with the use of permeable paving products and irrigation techniques. Here are some recommendations to help you use permeable pavement in your landscaping and property with water harvesting for an environmental benefit.
Install Permeable Pavers
One of the best ways to give your landscaping a unique and ornate look with its paving is to install permeable pavers. These paving stones come in a variety of materials and patterns that are a much more attractive and decorative surface material than traditional asphalt or concrete.
With permeable pavers you can install a flagstone patterned walkway, patio, or driveway, which will provide a sturdy and long-lasting surface, but without pushing rainfall down and into the storm drains. Permeable pavers let the precipitation seep between the stones and down through the drainage layers where they end up in the soil and replenish groundwater.
The pavers can be set in one of many patterns with gaps between the stones or pavers for drainage. The depth of the foundation drainage gravel should be deeper for a larger surface area, such as a driveway or patio. Then, the spaces between the pavers are secured with a layering of smaller gravel, which aids in the drainage and keeps the stones a stable and unmoving surface.
Harvest and Use Rainfall
After you have installed permeable pavement to boost your soil moisture and local groundwater levels, you can also look to collect the rainfall from your roof to use as irrigation supplementation. The surface of your roof is quite a large area and can receive many gallons of rainfall during one storm. When you collect it through your rain gutters and into a rain barrel, you can use the water later to water your lawn, flower beds, or trees and shrubbery.
Install a hose onto the base of the rain barrel and connect it to a drip irrigation hose or sprinkler. You can also install a pump onto the rain barrel to help boost your water pressure in irrigation or just use gravity to make your entire system free of energy use.