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.
If you are experiencing a flooded lawn all too often, contact us now for a quote.