Improper drainage can turn your yard into a giant puddle. Not only does a soggy yard make it difficult for you to enjoy your outdoor spaces, standing water can quickly become a literal breeding ground for pests and bugs, such as mosquitoes. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to improve the drainage in your yard and get rid of standing water. Following are four things you can do to improve your soggy situation.
Some types of soil are dense and tightly packed, making it difficult for rainwater to drain properly. It's also common for soil to become compacted in areas of heavy traffic. To fix this problem, you can aerate your lawn. Aeration involves punching small holes into your soil, which will break up the soil and improve drainage. Since aeration is less involved than other solutions, it's often the first thing people try. While aeration can help improve many drainage problems, it won't cure all of them. This is especially true if your drainage issues are caused by uneven or improperly sloped ground.
The addition of trenches and French drains can help move water away from your home and problem areas in your lawn. French drains are placed underneath the surface of your lawn anywhere that you have standing water issues. When it rains, the drains direct water away from the problem area. Trenches are on top of your lawn and may be lined with rocks.
Dry wells are often used in conjunction with French drains and trenches when the drains and trenches can't handle all of the water. Placed at the end of a drain or trench, a dry well is a deep hole that is filled with rocks. The hole allows for the buildup of excess water beneath the surface of your lawn. Basically, it gives excess water a place to go.
In serious cases, you may have to consider having your lawn excavated so that the slope of your lawn directs water away from your house and lawn and toward a drainage ditch. This is a long-term solution for serious drainage problems, but it can get quite costly.
There are several things you can do to prevent excess rainwater collecting on your lawn, turning it into a marshy swamp. In most cases, it's advisable to try some of the more simple solutions, such as lawn aeration, before hiring a trenching service or excavating service, like Lancaster Trenching Inc.