It’s no secret that your lawn needs the right amount of water to thrive, but what happens when there’s too much? If you don’t properly control or channel excess water on your property, you could end up with a serious yard drainage problem.
Whether your area has been receiving heavy rain or your yard has existing grading problems, drainage issues can cause damage to your lawn, landscape investments and even your home. Fortunately, there are many proven drainage solutions to help you fight back against an overflow of water.
Here are three of the most common types of drainage problems homeowners deal with on a regular basis and the long-lasting solutions that can help.
Yard Drainage Problem #1: Water Traps
Depressions and dips in your yard can trap water and hold onto it, creating puddles throughout your lawn that persist long after rains pass. This can kill your turf, erode topsoil, hurt your planting beds and create muddy, marshy conditions that could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Give water a better place to go with solutions like the age-old French drain, a system that helps collect and redistribute it throughout the lawn. A more modern and durable, but less costly solution such as the EZ-Flow® drain system also serves as a viable gravel-free alternative to the French drain. Read our blog post on the EZ-Flow drain system versus a French Drain here.
Yard Drainage Problem #2: Standing Water in Planting Areas
It’s common knowledge that applying time, effort and money into improving your landscape can boost curb appeal and offer a great return on investment. But unchecked standing water can also wipe out that same landscape investment. Improper planting bed design can impede water flow, but more often than not, poor drainage is the primary cause of excess water collecting and drowning your shrubs, flowers and plants. The high level of clay soils in our Northern Virginia area also contributes to soil compaction and water retention issues. Save your planting beds by installing in-ground drainage solutions such as catch basins and atrium grates to protect root systems from rot by drawing water away from garden areas to other parts of the yard.
Yard Drainage Problem #3: Excessive Water from Downspouts
Your gutter system’s downspouts need to have exits that properly drain water away from your home and your yard. Without proper drainage, concentrated amounts of water can oversaturate plant material, damage your foundation and promote mold and mildew growth. To prevent stormwater from pooling right next to your home and seeping down against the foundation, connect your downspout to an underground pipe with a built-in catch basin, or simply add downspout extenders where needed. These options will divert the water away from your foundation and the planting beds bordering your home.
You Need Proven, Lasting Yard Drainage and Erosion Solutions
BG Outdoor Services can help solve your surface water woes with durable yard drainage solutions customized to your property. We’ll help you find the problem areas around your property and discuss our recommended solutions to fix excess stormwater issues. To get started solving your wet yard, standing water issues and soggy landscape areas, contact BG Outdoor Services today.