Utilizing one or multiple landscape drainage solutions in your yard can mean the difference between a perfectly green, lush lawn and a wet, swampy area that's unusable to you and your guests. Find out more about how to know if you have a drainage issue in your yard, and what to do to correct the problem with the help of the team at Circle D Construction.
French Drain systems use a slightly sloped trench filled with gravel, and a perforated pipe that collects water and carries it away from your yard.
If you have water pooling after it rains, your yard may need surface drains – a topical landscaping element that acts as drainage for your yard.
If you’ve experienced a soggy lawn, frequent standing water, or flooding of any kind, you can protect your house by installing a sump pump.
If your yard is experiencing drainage problems, the issue may be a bad slope. One solution for drainage problems is regrading or resloping.
Retaining walls serve multiple purposes in your yard. Not only can they act as a hardscape focal point, but they can also manage drainage, add support to slopes, level out an area, and add a design element.
Landscape Drainage Systems
A well-performing lawn is an eye-catching sight, but it can be a difficult goal to achieve when your yard is plagued with drainage issues. The key to having a lush, green, and healthy lawn is installing a well placed landscape drainage solution.
Signs Of Drainage Issues
The first step to creating a yard with excellent landscape drainage is to find out if there's a problem and to pinpoint where it's coming from. Look out for these signs that your outdoor area might have an issue before looking for landscaping drainage solutions.
- Standing water that does not absorb into the ground
- Low spots in your landscaping that collect water when it rains
- Noticeably soggy ground
- Pooling water at the bottom of downspouts
- Signs of soil erosion on uneven ground
- The appearance of water damage on the outside of structures
Causes Of Drainage Issues
After discovering drainage issues, you'll need to figure out where the problem is originating. There are many factors that could be causing issues in your yard, and some are easier to spot than others. These are a few of the most common causes.
- Hard ground (including clay soil) that doesn't absorb water in the same way that a softer soil would
- Uneven ground, causing higher and lower points in your yard, will lead to pools of water in the lower points
- Issues with downspouts and gutters, including cracks and debris blocking the water
- Obstacles in the way of water runoff, including everything from buildings to bushes
- A high water table, keeping water at surface level
Landscape drainage issues are a common problem for those who own a home that sits at a lower spot than their neighbors. It's also possible that your neighbor's landscaping may be adding to your trouble. If your neighbor has installed a retaining wall to resolve their own erosion problems, for example, the water could be running off into your yard. While homeowners can't control where their home is placed or how their neighbors design their landscaping, there are solutions for every drainage problem.
Landscape Drainage Solutions
When it comes to solving your landscape drainage issues, each problem will have a unique solution. Choosing a professional team to handle the situation will ensure that you'll have a plan that will address your individual concerns and create a landscape that works for your needs. The plan might include one or more of these solutions.
- Changing the soil and plants in your yard, creating a lawn that will better absorb water and cut down on runoff
- Stopping soil erosion from causing soil and water to run off into lower parts of the yard
- Cleaning, repairing, or replacing downspouts and gutters
- Redirecting water from low spots to acceptable exit points
- Removing obstacles that are preventing water from exiting the yard, either through drains or on its natural path
What Can Professionals Do?
Some actions can be taken by homeowners to resolve the issue on their own. For example, you might simply need to clean out the gutters or replace part of a downspout to keep water moving. Other problems might require more skilled work. That's where the professionals come in, with the following potential solutions.
- Install retaining walls, preventing erosion from causing soil and water to enter low points of the yard
- Install a drain system, sometimes including a sump pump, to redirect the flow of excess water, from wet areas to dry spots in the yard or another exit point
- Design a custom landscaping plan, with soil and plants that will better absorb water
- Regrade the lawn to create an even surface without low point for water to gather
- Create a slope near the home, to keep water from damaging the foundation of the structure
Why You Need To Address the Problem
You've noticed the problem, you've pinpointed the source, and you've asked about potential solutions. So, why is it necessary to do something about it? Especially for those who don't spend a lot of time outside, it may seem like a task that could be put off until a later time. Here's why you should take the time to address drainage problems.
- Water could be affecting your home if runoff is being directed toward your foundation
- Pooling water will kill your grass and other plants
- Having a properly installed drainage system will increase the resale value of your home in the future
- Leaving water damage can result in more serious and costly problems, including fungus growth and disease
If your yard is suffering from problems that landscape drainage solutions can solve, call the team at Circle D Construction. A customized plan and unique solutions can turn your yard into the usable outdoor area you'll love.