Drainage for Your Landscaping

A significant investment of time, energy, and money goes into making a landscape a beautiful, relaxing oasis.  It takes careful planning and, sometimes, considerable collaboration with a landscape designer to create the environment envisioned as the completed project.  Careful planning is also advised when considering drainage for your landscaping.  Be it from natural rainfall or an irrigation system, water that fails to drain can ruin your landscape.  Before you pursue creating your dream landscape, take some time to consider some information regarding drainage.

Without appropriate drainage, water can easily pool around any trees or other plants you plant.  Unless resolved quickly, the result may be death of the tree or plant.  This is because the pooled water acts as a barrier, which prevents absorption of the oxygen necessary for conversion to carbon dioxide.  For a tree, root rot is affirmation that damage has occurred due to improper drainage.  Like trees, the death of other plants, such as shrubs or flowers, will result if proper drainage is not managed.

Water that pools because of improper drainage may stagnate and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  The presence of these pesky insects can quickly turn what’s meant to be a relaxing environment into a place of unrelenting discomfort and agitation, especially during the warmer months.

The natural lay of the property can be an ally in the pursuit of proper drainage.   One factor that may help with drainage is to plant trees on the more naturally sloped areas that may exist.  When water is applied, the tree receives the nourishment it needs to facilitate growth, but the slope on which it’s planted facilitates an organic runoff.  Quite simply, other than the planning and the planting, nothing else is required of the property owner.

For land that may not have any natural elevations, consider using mulch to create a berm around the base of the tree.  As with a slope, a tree is able to take in the water needed for its growth, but the berm helps to shed excessive water, therefore preventing accumulation at the base.  If there are no natural elevations on the property, consider consulting an Austin tree trimming specialist.  An experienced specialist can assist with grading to develop the slopes required for effective drainage.

Drainage may be cleverly disguised through the creation of a water garden.  With the addition of river rocks, a beautiful garden statue or bird bath, complementary flowers or shrubs, or any number of lighting options, the runoff of excessive water manifested as a water garden could easily take the appearance of an intentional design.

Taking a thoughtful, proactive approach in the designing of your landscape can prevent damage to your investment in the long-run if drainage, as well as how to accomplish it, is assessed.  Consult a professional to assist you with your concerns, and seek their expertise.  If proper drainage is not accomplished initially and a tree later exhibits signs of damage, root rot may be an issue.  An Austin tree removal professional can help you determine if the tree will need to be removed.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit

Ideal Times to Trim a Tree

Since landscaping trees are an investment and can add value to your property, keeping them viable is very important. If you are considering trimming your trees as a way to maintain that viability, there are some things to consider beforehand. For instance, you should consider that there are ideal times to trim a tree. This article will examine some of those ideal times.

If branches are low-hanging, they can be a risk to life or property. Pedestrians, joggers, or cyclists may inadvertently run into branches. Low-hanging branches may clog gutters or interfere with other sources of drainage. Even as a part of a large tree, a low-hanging branch may compromise rooftops, fences, or vehicles below.

Depending upon location, low-hanging branches may also affect a neighbor’s property. Unfortunately, the chances for low-hanging branches to become threats to life or property increase during inclement weather. The weight of snow or ice, heavy winds, or lightning can cause low-hanging branches to become quite dangerous. This can leave the property owner legally and financially responsible for any damages. If you find yourself in such a situation, consider trimming any problematic trees on your property as quickly as possible.

Deciduous trees are those that lose foliage at the end of the growing season. If you have any deciduous trees needing to be trimmed that are not an imminent threat to life or property and time will allow, consider trimming them during the winter months. This is because trees become dormant during cold weather. When a tree is trimmed at this time, chances are lessened that springtime budding will be negatively affected. Maintaining your landscaping trees by trimming them does not have to cost you your beautiful springtime blooms.

Another reason to consider trimming a tree is for better manageability. Sometimes the natural growth of a tree can cause branches to overhang one another. Ultimately, this can lessen the tree’s chances for survival. If overhang is a problem, this is another ideal time for a tree to be trimmed. However, it is best to do so when the tree is young and the overhang affects branches which are relatively new and small. Consult an Austin tree trimming specialist for any inquiries you may have or to secure professional trimming services for your property.

Finally, you can safely trim a tree anytime the branches are dead. In fact, doing so lessens the risk of disease, termites, or other stressors which could impact the overall health of the part of the tree which remains viable. If, at any point, however, other parts of the tree become unhealthy or die, you can contact an Austin tree removal specialist, who can advise you whether or not the tree can be saved and can assist you with its removal if it cannot.

Taking these scenarios into consideration can assist you with your tree trimming projects. However, if you need further assistance with any questions you may have or any actions you may wish to take, contact a qualified arborist for support.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit