We were having a problem with our landscape that many people have. During a really heavy rain, a downpour, the rain water was coming rushing off the roof so fast that it was shooting right over the gutters and onto the landscape and washing the mulch right out of the bed on to the sidewalk and driveway.
For us this is an issue because we have a ranch home which means that we have a lot more roof area than say a two story home of the same number of square feet. That big roof collects all of that water and directs it to the gutters and downspouts but when the rain is really heavy, the gutters can not carry the water away fast enough and the gutters over flow causing the issue of mulch getting washed out of the beds.
After every heavy rainfall there would be a big mess on the sidewalk and the driveway. We had this happening in two different places in our landscape.
The solution? Remove a section of mulch and replace the mulch with decorative stones from 2″ to 3″ in size. Of course these stones are not going to float away when they get hit with that amount of rain water. They stay put and the rest of the mulch in the beds also stays put.
On top of that it creates a very attractive look in the landscape by breaking up the monotony of all mulch simply by adding two small areas of directive stone.
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