Seeking help for basic water/protection landscaping
Hi there GW. I am a new home owner with a complete blank slate yard. (sorry for the length of this post--I'm wordy!) Despite all my dreams of beautiful landscaping, the first thing I need to do is some basic stuff to protect my house and yard from water. Right now all I have is some large aggregate along the sides of the house, and dirt and some scree or something in the back (front is xeriscaped).
I am in New Mexico. We are very dry here, but often have drenching Monsoon rains in the summer. I'm being told that I need to lay down some kind of rock along my foundation to prevent erosion and water damage to the house. My roof is a flat southwestern style, which slopes to the side. All/most of the rain should pour off one side of the house which has a shallow eave, but there are no gutters or scuppers or anything.
The subdivision regs state that water should be guided toward the front yard through swales to the side (very difficult!) Also, it says no planting within 10 feet of the foundation, which is totally impractical imo--it's a small yard!
At this time, I cannot afford to extend my small concrete pad or put in much hardscape, so I am looking for some budget answers to the following questions from more knowledgeable folks (I've never had a house, or a garden before. Never even pulled weeds!). I cannot do a lot of physical stuff myself, so will have to hire somebody to do heavy lifting/rock work/go up on the roof. etc.
1) I'm most concerned about water coming off the roof directly into the backyard and falling close to the foundation. There are no eaves on that side and nothing but dirt except for the small concrete pad. Should I put some kind of rock there for now? It needs to last at least one year.
2) I'm thinking about putting a rain barrel to collect rainwater on the side yard. What kind of scupper or gutter could be installed for this? What kind of workman--landscaper? handyman--roofer?
I'm attaching a pic of the yard. This is a panorama view. The side where roof slopes is on the right hand side of the picture.
Any tips sure would be appreciated. I do have a lot of plans for the yard, but right now I want to make sure my foundation doesn't get destroyed if it rains.