High Rainfall in Jacksonville—Drainage is Key

April 15, 2023

High Rainfall in Jacksonville—Drainage is Key

Unprecedented rainfall this last month has caused a lot of issues that have to be properly managed in North Florida Landscapes. Due to the high rainfall in Florida, proper drainage is essential to prevent waterlogging and related issues. Ensure that your landscape has adequate drainage systems in place, including well-maintained gutters, downspouts, and grading to redirect water away from structures and plantings.

That’s correct! Proper drainage is crucial in Florida landscapes to prevent waterlogging and associated problems.

Here are some additional details to consider:

Check Your Gutters and Downspouts

Ensure that your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and functioning properly. Regularly clean them to prevent clogs that can lead to overflow and water accumulation around the foundation of your home, business, or other structures.


Proper grading of your landscape is essential to direct water away from buildings and plantings. The ground should slope away from structures to prevent water from pooling around foundations, which can lead to structural damage. Consider regrading if necessary or consult with a professional landscaper for assistance. Waterlogged turf areas can cause root rot, fungal problems, and turf loss.

French Drains

Installing French drains can be an effective solution for redirecting excess water away from low-lying areas or areas prone to water accumulation. A French drain typically consists of a perforated pipe surrounded by gravel, which helps collect and carry water away from the problem area.

Swales and Berms

Swales are shallow, gently sloping channels that help collect and direct water runoff to desired locations. Berms, on the other hand, are raised areas of soil that can be strategically placed to redirect water flow or create natural barriers to protect certain areas from excess water.

Rain Gardens

Consider incorporating rain gardens into your landscape design. Rain gardens are specifically designed to collect and absorb excess rainwater, reducing the potential for runoff and erosion. They typically consist of native plants and well-draining soil.

By implementing these drainage measures, you can help prevent waterlogging, erosion, and potential damage to structures and plants in your Florida landscape. If you need assistance with drainage issues, it’s advisable to consult with a professional landscaper or drainage specialist who can assess your specific situation and provide appropriate recommendations.

Contact us if you have any questions or need help with any of your landscape needs.

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