How to Identify Landscape Drainage Issues

When your landscape isn’t draining properly, it can undo all the hard work you’ve put into your outdoor living space. In order to preserve your landscape design, try to identify problems quickly so they can be fixed before they get worse. Here are some common landscape drainage issues and how to identify them in your yard.

Signs of Landscape Drainage Problems

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When your landscape is not draining properly, excess water will often appear. In order to determine if you are having problems, inspect your yard for any of the following signs:

  • Pooling or standing water after rain
  • Water pooling beneath downspouts rather than dispersing
  • Soggy ground, or areas of growth that exceeds the surrounding area
  • Formation of rivulets and fissures or simple soil erosion
  • Water stains on the home foundation

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Causes of Landscape Drainage Issues

There are a variety of reasons why your soil may not be draining properly. Identifying what is causing your drainage issues will help you determine the best course of action for correcting them.

Clay Soil

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Clay soil is all too common here in Texas. It contains very fine particles that can get heavily compacted, making it difficult for liquids to pass through.

Down Spout and Gutters Improperly Maintained

When spouts and gutters are not maintained properly, they allow excess water to collect where it otherwise might not. This can cause damage to your home’s foundation, roof.

Lower Places in the Yard that Hold Water

If certain areas of your yard are improperly graded, water can pool and stand for a long time – maybe even days – after the rain has stopped or snow has melted. Regrading can level out your yard to help prevent pooling and allow for proper drainage.

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High Water Table

High water tables are often the cause of soggy grounds and are an issue that, unfortunately, many homeowners face. Water tables are the level at which the soil and gravel are completely saturated with water. But, because they lie underground, they are not immediately identifiable. If you find that your yard is suffering from drainage problems and you’ve exhausted all other options, it’s likely that a high water table is to blame.

Solutions For Landscape Drainage Issues

The solution for landscape drainage issues depends on the problem. Here are some fixes for the most common drainage issues in your yard.

Amend Soil

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Here in North Texas, clay is a common component in our soil. This causes a variety of problems from building and construction to gardening and landscaping. When you have clay or sandy soil that is causing drainage issues, you may need to add soil amendments to help make them more efficient and easier to use. Humus, for example, helps retain moisture and loosens up heavy, sticky soils to allow for better aeration and drainage.

Clean and Repair Downspouts and Gutters

Cleaning out your gutters and making sure the downspouts are in good condition will ensure that the water is draining properly, rather than pooling in place. This is extremely important in snowy or rainy weather conditions.

Learn More: Tips for Winter Home Maintenance

Build Drainage Systems

If your yard and/or home is being affected by landscape drainage issues, don’t wait! Call a professional immediately. An outdoor living contractor can identify the issue and install a drainage system that can provide a permanent solution.

Clean Your Drains

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Landscape drains not only prevent erosion by directing unwanted water away from trees and flower beds, but they also direct water away from your home. Excess water near the house can result in a flooded basement when it rains and serious damage to your foundation. For this reason, it is necessary to properly clean and maintain your landscape drains.

A soggy lawn and standing water can not only be a nuisance but can ultimately damage your home and landscaping. Once you know what the causes of your landscape drainage problems are, you can take the necessary steps to fix them and protect your investments for years to come.

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