• 16
  • Dec
  • 2015

Yard Prep Tips For El Nino

Getting your yard ready for El Nino will help to keep your home warm and dry.

Are you ready El Nino? While most weather forecasts are centered on the monster storm that is supposed to hit California, you may think you have done all you can to get your house ready. Even though cleaning out your rain gutters and finding the perfect pair of rain boots is a good start, it is important to take the time to consider what the heavy rains are going to mean of your yard.

Keep these tips in mind to prepare your Conejo Valley front and back yard for El Nino.

  • Check your drainage – if you did your part to conserve water through the drought by swapping out your lawn with more hardscape features, the drainage pattern of your yard most likely changed dramatically. Adding a few inches of mulch to planter beds and areas where water tends to collect will help to absorb the water much better.
  • Know how to divert water – keeping sandbags on hand will help to ensure the water does not make its way into your house. Use the sandbags to create barriers and direct the water away from your home to areas that it can properly drain.
  • Check your trees – the long California drought may have taken a toll on all of your trees. Hire a professional to take a look at your trees to ensure that they are healthy enough to withstand whatever Mother Nature brings during El Nino.
  • Loosen compacted soil – dry, compacted soil will not easily soak up water at first. Loosening any tough patches and adding in compost will help your soil absorb as much of the rain water as possible.

You do not have to take on all of your landscaping prep on your own. Contact the professionals at Enhanced Landscape Management today to ensure that your Westlake Village or Thousand Oaks yard is ready for El Nino before it is too late!