As the weather warms up, many Arkansans are spending more time outside. Those with green thumbs are harvesting what they planted earlier in the year and likely finishing the prep work for whatever is planned for the upcoming months.
Whether your seeds are already in the ground or you haven’t quite started yet, one thing that every gardener needs for their May flowers is a system for managing the precursing showers.
The solution? Gutters — good ones.
While many are familiar with the necessity of gutters to protect homes from water damage, they’re also imperative to keeping gardens looking healthy and functioning properly.
The first step is identifying the current standing of your yard.
LeafGuard of Arkansas president, Brad Wright, says that it’s at this time of year when homeowners will start to notice the problems that can arise from not having a gutter system. LeafGuard is the distributor for a patented one-piece aluminum gutter system that uses the principle of liquid adhesion to allow water to flow perfectly into your gutter while shielding off leaves overhead.
“We have our rainy season here in the spring. So, this is a time of year where you really notice how much water can come off of your roof and how much water can collect around your house, because more than likely, it’s going to rain,” Wright says.
Coming out of your post-snowmageddon hibernation to walk around outside might be the first time you even notice where damage might already be done.
“We’re all just coming out, and we start to work in our flowerbeds or work on our house,” he says. “This is the time of year when you kind of look up, and you may notice things that have happened when we had that major snowstorm. The weight of the snow on the roof and gutters and around your plants has caused some issues that may not have been there prior.”
Once you’ve evaluated your situation, it’s time to pursue installation, which means that if you are an avid gardener, you’ll want to consider your plants.
Those that just enjoy planting minimal flowers and shrubs right next to the house are still at risk, because, without gutters, soil erosion can occur and cause the garden to wash away. Even if erosion is minimal, puddles of water can form in your garden bed and drown your plants.
“Collecting water and moving it away from your house keeps the ground stable there around your home, but it also helps move it out and away from your house so it’s not just running off your house into your flowerbeds, pooling in different areas, and washing away your ground and vegetation on that front,” Wright says.
LeafGuard does the heavy lifting when it comes to installing the gutters but knowing your yard — even just the placement of your trees — helps to provide them with a great starting point to make a recommendation for the best type of gutter.
“We do an open-top system, we do a rain pro system, and we do a leaf guard system,” Wright says. “All three gutters’ core function is to collect water and move it away from the house. The difference is about the maintenance and what you have around your house. If you have a lot of trees and different things around your house, then obviously we know the trees this time of year are dropping a lot of pollen.”
To talk with Wright or another representative of LeafGuard about a guaranteed clog-free gutter for your yard.