Dealing With A Flooded Lawn

Wet spots in your yard can be a real nuisance, as grass will die if it’s underwater for too long. Puddles of water on the lawn, soggy patches of grass and visible denser growth of shrubbery are all obvious signs of a drainage blocking or a mistake in the landscaping drainage.

When puddles occur on your lawn, you can’t mow over them. It can be a real hassle to deal with. The location of the soggy area is important if it’s close to your home, there is a possibility of causing your basement to leak or to rot your foundations. Here are a few options to consider if this problem occurs…

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Extend the Downspout

Extending the downspout is simple first fix option which does not necessarily require a professional. As landscaping near your home can create a basin for water, extending the downspout is often a quick and easy fix. The initial step in doing so would be to take action in getting rid of a wet spot. Step back and analyze the situation to understand where the excess water is coming from. The problem could be as simple as a pump discharge that is draining into a low area of your year. Redirecting your downspout or re-positioning the discharge pipe to a different location may be the quick fix you need.

Install a Creek Bed

A creek bed may be the next option to consider. Channeling water away from a low spot and directing the runoff into a rain garden would eliminate the excess water. Ideally, creating an attractive landscape feature at the same time would allow your garden to look attractive even when it’s dry. Otherwise, a creek bed, where the ground is sloped would be a similar option, depending on the landscaping of your land.

To create a creek bed, start by making a swale; a gentle and shallow drainage ditch. This is effective in a subtle way to control surface water. To state the obvious, it is easier to create a swale before you seed or sow your yard, but if necessary, you can remove the grass with a sod cutter and replace it when the problem is fixed.

Create a French Drain

Similar to a dry creek bed, a french drain is a creative solution for controlling a mass amount of water. The exception is that the water flows underground through an enclosed drainpipe in a gravel trench. The water flows through the gravel, which makes it more effective as it flows faster and smoother than through the soil. What’s special about a french drain, is that the pipe is designed specifically with punched holes to let the water enter the pipe and allowing it to be redirected to a new area. The water is re-homed into the trench and flows out the drain at its endpoint. French Drains can be disguised by laying turf over them, therefore a more aesthetically pleasing option.

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