Have you ever noticed the large puddles of water in your yard after a heavy rainfall?B I’m sure your kids and pets have!B If you have several puddles in your yard after heavy rain, you may have a drainage problem.B Improper water drainage can cause serious issues.B The excessive amount of water can damage your lawn and plants, and can also cause water damage to your home.B If you notice that your lawn has a poor drainage system you should fix this problem immediately.
We’ve decided to share some great steps to follow for proper lawn drainage.
1. Lawn Survey
During and after a heavy rainfall you should survey your land to see the areas in which the water is accumulating and where it is draining.B Typically, water collects in areas that are heavily used and low areas of your yard, such as the bottom of hills or mounds.
Be sure to aerate your lawn to increase the drainage.B Aeration holes are punched into the ground to allow the excess water to seep into the soil, instead of pooling at the surface.B Depending upon the type of soil you use, you may have to aerate your lawn on a regular basis to prevent drainage problems from reoccurring.
3. Top Soil
Adding a level of top soil to your lawn will aid in proper drainage of your lawn.B The additional layer of well mixed soil will gradually penetrate the ground and allow more air and water to flow through the ground.
4. Add Drains
Adding water drains can greatly improve the ability of your lawn to drain excess water.B Two common types of drainage systems available are French drains and trench drains.
French drains are pipes with several holes placed throughout the pipe.B These drains are placed underground and allow water to flow from the designated problem areas.
Trench drains are drainage systems used on the lawn surface.B When installingB a trench drain, a trench is dug into the ground’s surface and filled with rocks.B The excess water then travels through the trench and rocks away from the puddling area.
The next time you experience lawn drainage problems, remember to follow these steps to reduce standing water from your lawn.B For more drainage solutions click here.
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