Wet spots in your yard aren’t just a nuisance and an eye sore, they can also damage your lawn and cause devastating problems to your home. Wet areas can’t be mowed over and can bring mud into your house. It’s important to make sure your yard has proper drainage to avoid watery trouble before it can happen. Here are a few tips for making sure that your yard has the drainage it needs.
If your yard has an oversaturated spot it may simply be the result of a downspout or sump pump discharge that’s draining into a single area of your yard. Observe where the water is coming from before you take any drastic actions toward removing a wet spot. Extending a downspout or redirecting a discharge pipe is an often simple fix to big problems.
Install a Creek Bed
A creek bed is a great way to solve drainage problems and create an attractive landscape at the same time. Creek beds can channel the flow of water away from low spots and direct runoff to where it’s needed, such as a garden or dry well. The best part? Creek beds can look good even when they’re dry.
Develop a Drainage Plan
Sometimes soggy yards will require more complex fixes. Start by developing a proper drainage plan. Sketch out the various features of your property and try to determine the high and low spots. Draw arrows to indicate the flow of water. A sketch will give you a visual idea of where the water is and where it’s going, and will help you create a strategy that’s right for your situation. You may need to install a rain garden or dry well if you have no other way of draining water from a low spot, for example.
Rain Garden and Dry Wells
Rain gardens and dry wells are ways to collect water from low spots. Water loving plants look better a muddy hole, but may not be the perfect solution for a soggy yard. However, a rain garden is excellent for the environment will reduce runoff. Dry wells are easily assembled plastic containers that hold water while it drains through the side and bottom.
Get the Most of Your Drainage System from Aqua-Bright
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