When you have water standing in your yard, it is a sign of poor drainage. Some common causes can include low spots and compacted soil. If you have a poor yard drainage problem, DNS Landscaping has a number of tips to address the problem.
i. Aerate Your Lawn
Aerating the lawn helps break soil compaction. Aeration creates holes that open up the soil to allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the grassroots.
Soil compaction can be caused by a number of reasons, including heavy foot traffic and regular mower usage.
ii. Use Compost
If the drainage problem affects a smaller area and is not too serious, it is recommended to follow a different approach. Mix compost with slow-draining soil to help create air pockets. Compost has pore spaces that allow oxygen to penetrate. It is recommended to add 3 to 4 inches of compost every year to gradually enhance drainage.
iii. Add Water-Friendly Plants
Sometimes, the affected area is too large and using compost may not be as effective as desired. In such a case, consider adding plants that draw more water. Some of the best examples include:
- • Marsh marigold
- • Turtlehead
- • Cardinal flower
- • Daylily
- • Purple cornflower
It is recommended to create a rain garden with plants that love water. These plants absorb more water and help the water to seep through the soil. You can also think of constructing raised boardwalks or paths to navigate the area.
iv. Consider Creating a Bog Garden
Another option is to create a water garden, bog garden, or pond garden to address your poor drainage issue. As with other options, you will need professional assistance. The spot will have to be sculpted to ensure it holds enough water.
When you have a small pond, it will naturally attract wildlife. You can expect various bird species to spend more time in the wet garden.
v. Install or Repair Your French Drain
If you already have a French drain, get it checked for any issues. Also referred to as channel drains, the construction features:
- • Digging up 2-foot-deep trenches
- • Lining the trenches with gravel
- • Placing a perforated pipe on the gravel
- • Backfilling the trench and covering with stones and soil
The French drain must be located ideally to ensure the drainage flows away by gravity. Again, it is a job left to qualified professionals.
vi. Build Up Low Spots
There may be areas in your yard that are sunken and hold water, draining it slowly. It is recommended to mound organic material at these low spots. You can use a mixture of compost and topsoil. Make sure to use enough material to create a minor rise as compared to the surrounding areas. Repeat the steps one or two more times if the water still returns to the spot.
After the low spot becomes stable, sow grass seed. Make sure the grass seed is covered with straw or other appropriate material for protection against birds.
For more information and guidance, it is recommended to consult DNS Landscaping. You can contact us at (210) 765-8667 or send us a message via this Online Form.