How to Eliminate Standing Water in Your Yard
Do you live in a low-lying area that receives frequent rainfall? If so, it’s likely that you’ve had (or will have) standing water in your yard, which can kill grass, ruin your landscape, and attract mosquitoes. Luckily, the landscaping experts at Nixa Lawn Service are here to help. In today’s blog, we explain what causes standing water and we present some solutions to eliminate it.
What Causes Standing Water in My Yard?
The Missouri Ozark region gets heavy rainfall each year, and when rain hits property that lies in low spots, standing water can saturate the yard. But overwatering your lawn may also lead to standing water. If you’ve tried watering your landscape less often and you still have standing water, it’s time to investigate the current drainage outlets in your yard.
Additionally, grading issues and compact soils can cause freestanding water. Heavy clay soils that don’t absorb water can prevent it from soaking into the ground. Read on for some drainage solutions to keep your yard green, purified, and free of excess water.
How Do I Remove Standing Water?
Add Organic Matter to Your Soil
Standing water is undesirable for any homeowner, but you don’t have to live with it. A common approach to removing the water is to fill the wet area with topsoil. While this plan can work, sometimes it will only move the water from one wet area to another. Instead, add manure, leaf mold, and garden compost to your soil to open it up and make it easier to absorb the water. This organic matter will create more outlet channels where the water can escape.
Install a French Drain System
By using washed stone, filter fabric, perforated plastic pipe (20 feet or longer), and a shovel, you can install an underground outdoor drainage system that keeps your home dry and eliminates freestanding water. The perforated pipe will allow water to enter or exit through small slots, absorbing the water and carrying it away from the wet spots.
For DIY enthusiasts, here’s how to install a french drain. First, dig a trench along the outside of your foundation at least two feet wide and two feet deep. Next, lay the slotted pipe in the trench, sloping from higher to lower elevation. This downhill slope will direct the water flow away from your home. Then, cover the pipe with washed stone and place filter fabric over the stone to prevent clogging. Finally, backfill the trench with topsoil to its original height and plant your grass.
When heavy rain comes, the low area will still entrap water. However, most of the water will empty into the drain pipe and eventually seep into the soil under the trench.
Nixa Lawn Service Quick Tip: Do not direct the water runoff towards the street, as this can make the sidewalk slippery and potentially hurt pedestrians. You don’t want the authorities to get involved!
If installing a french drain sounds like too much work, consult with the professional landscapers at Nixa Lawn Service!
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