Standing water causes various problems for homeowners, aside from being an eyesore. Grass exposed to pooling water for extended periods will drown and die. You can’t mow over these pools, and your soggy yard will cause muddy puddles that your friends and family will inevitably track into your home. Pooling water near your home’s foundation is also severely damaging to the structure of your home. Standing water is almost always due to poor drainage in the lawn. Compacted soil, low spots in the landscape, or clogged gutters might be the reason for your drainage woes. Keep reading for some tips on improving drainage in your lawn.
Identifying Drainage Issues
The first step in tackling poor drainage around your lawn is identifying the cause of this issue. Standing water signifies drainage, but poor grass health can also indicate problems. Assess your property for drainage issues by looking for areas with excessive moisture, unusually lush foliage, frequent mushroom growth, and poor plant health.
Aerate Your Lawn
While this is an excellent service for drainage problems due to compacted soil, lawn aeration is also important for maintaining a healthy landscape. Compacted soil cannot absorb rainwater, leading to an unhealthy and waterlogged lawn.
An aerator pulls plugs of soil from the ground to help relieve soil compaction. The aeration opens the soil, allowing water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach the grassroots. Your soil will have more room to absorb the air, water, and nutrients it needs to thrive. Aeration can also help reduce areas of standing water in your turf grass.
Create a Dry Creek Bed
Dry creek beds are channels made of rocks and pebbles with a layer of landscape fabric beneath them. While dry creek beds are designed to direct runoff towards drains or more permeable ground, rain gardens are intended to collect water and allow it to seep into the ground. Creating one of these features is a unique and aesthetically-pleasing way to prioritize stormwater management on your property.
Use Porous Materials for Patios or Walkways
Solid surfaces like stone or concrete prevent rain and runoff from being absorbed, leading to flooding. Using permeable materials for large areas like patios and walkways to avoid significant runoff or flooding. Lehnhoff’s Supply offers EP Henry Permeable Pavers, a smart and stylish solution for all applications.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best improve drainage in your lawn this spring and summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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