Standing water in your yard can be more than a nuisance, it can wreak havoc on your home’s waterproofing and lead to erosion. This can especially be the case if you have a low spot in the yard that collects water. If your yard retains water for days after a rain event, there are several solutions to allow water to drain out.
What Causes Water Retention?
A yard can start retaining water for several reasons beyond an excessive amount of rain. You might be watering your lawn more than it needs. If your lawn is like most Georgia lawns with clay underneath, it does not soak up moisture like other porous soils.
If it has been a while since your lawn had a dethatching service performed, it may be a cause. Thatch is a build-up of organic debris that sits on top of your lawn and can prevent water from being absorbed into the soil. Core aeration is another remedy that can help increase the soil’s uptake of water.
One of the biggest causes of water retention is improper grading or leveling of your yard. With proper grading, the angles of your lawn slope down and away from your home to move water elsewhere. If you do not take care of an improper grade, you could end up with serious damage to your home’s foundation.
Yard Drainage Systems
The solution to all types of standing water problems is to assess your yard’s drainage system. If you can pinpoint the weak points in your drainage system, you can fix them for the better. Sometimes seeking a professional outdoor drainage company is the best option if you are overwhelmed with a lot of standing water or a yard with difficult terrain.
Altering your yard’s drainage can be as simple as extending your downspouts from the gutters. Many times, a complete solution to remove recurring standing water from your yard involves installing special features such as French drains and dry creek beds, which allow water to seamlessly flow to a proper location on your property.
Drainage Solutions To Handle Water
If your yard’s drainage problems only require you to soak up a few standing puddles here and there, you can try some simple lawn maintenance solutions first.
Some additional solutions that are dependent on your property’s terrain include planting trees and shrubs in new landscape beds. They will soak up water naturally. Make sure to regularly trim trees and shrubs on your property to decrease shady spots so that water evaporates with direct exposure to the sun!
Finally, make gutter cleaning a priority. Especially if you are in a wooded area. High-functioning gutters effectively move the rainwater away from your house towards your yard and any drainage systems you have in place.