When heavy rain occurs and the water doesn’t drain from your yard, this is a recipe for disaster. Standing water after rain can cause everything from lawn diseases to mosquitoes. In landscaping terms, we call excess water “oversaturation.” Oversaturation can negatively impact the level of the lawn, damage turfgrass and other plants, make your yard inviting for insects, and more. Today’s blog will show you how to tackle this annoying dilemma.
Problems With Standing Water In Lawns
Aside from turning your yard into an eyesore, other problems with drainage include:
Uneven Terrain – Your lawn is not a perfectly level surface like, say, a sheet of paper. Excess moisture can exacerbate divets and pockets in the lawn as it pools. If this happens repeatedly, you could end up with an uneven lawn that not only looks bad but it also makes it difficult to mow.
Damaged Turfgrass – If water is not removed quickly, the turfgrass underneath can die. And even then, excess moisture can make it easier for foot traffic to tear up the grass. Standing water will also make it impossible for your grass to grow properly. You do not want to hinder grass growth in the spring, or you’ll be left with the consequences all season long.
Diseases And Mosquitoes
Standing water in your yard breeds mosquitoes. Believe it or not, female mosquitoes can use something as tiny as an overturned bottle cap full of water as a nursery. Imagine how many mommy mosquitoes can enjoy a flooded yard! Also, excess moisture can lead to various lawn diseases, molds, and fungi – all of which thrive in moist environments.
Backyard Drainage Systems To The Rescue
A drainage system helps your yard maintain its health, appearance, and integrity. It’s an affordable solution, and you’ll have peace of mind during those heavy spring and summer thunderstorms. Drainage systems are basically the same system you have on your street: a grate with a pipe that leads to the main sewers.
Other Things You Can Do To Keep Your Yard Properly Drained
In addition to installing a drainage system, several other steps will assist with keeping excess moisture flowing away from your property.
Plant More Plants
Specifically, trees and shrubs. These plants will happily drink up excess water.
Aeration, or core aeration, is used to break up compacted soil. When soil is compacted, it hardens, making it extremely difficult for water, air, sunlight, and nutrients to penetrate the soil and reach your turfgrasses’ roots. While compacted soil is not always the cause of standing water, we see it frequently in the lawn care industry. Using a specialized tool, your lawn care tech will pull hundreds of tiny plugs from your yard, like you would if you were sewing crops. These holes will break up the hardened soil and help water drain better.
Reduce The Shady Areas
There’s nothing wrong with shade, but if your yard is especially dark, it can make it hard for the sun to evaporate excess water naturally. Considering trimming back tree or shrub branches so that more light can penetrate your yard.
Keep Gutters Clean
Getting up on the ladder to clean gutters is a time-consuming, demanding chore, but if you neglect your gutters, they can’t move moisture away from your house. This can not only cause water to pool in your grass, but it can also cause water to pool near your foundation, which can have dire consequences.
Get A Professionally Installed Lawn Drainage System
The experts at O’Connor Landscaping are standing by to assist you! We can install surface drainage structures to quickly and efficiently remove excess water. We can even integrate them into the landscape so they are less intrusive. If you’ve got standing water, don’t wait – call (910) 691-9227 or contact us online today to resolve the problem. For more tips on landscaping and lawn care, visit our monthly blog!