Landworks Lawn Care Company offers solutions for poor drainage on your property. Did you see standing water last year? Did areas in your lawn never seem to dry out? Then you probably have a drainage issue.
Poor landscape drainage is much more problematic than simply being an eyesore. Standing water jeopardizes the health of your lawn and landscape plantings. It can also be a health hazard, as it encourages mosquitoes and other pests. Beyond that, excess stormwater may ultimately find its way into your basement, which can cause a great deal of costly damage.
Simple Solutions To Common Drainage Problems
The most common landscape drainage problem is gutter downspouts that go straight to the ground, where all the water rolling off the roof collects in one place. Simply extending downspouts away from your residence or building so that they carry rainwater at least 10’ away from the structure solves this problem.
Water pooling on your lawn after heavy rain indicates that the soil is too compacted for the water to effectively penetrate. This may indicate a need for dethatching, aeration, or both.
Signs of thatch build-up include a lawn that feels spongy or seems to dry out quickly. Small areas can be dethatched with a dethatching rake, which you use in the same manner as a garden rake. Landscape professionals use a dethatching machine, which looks similar to a lawnmower but slices the turfgrass vertically rather than horizontally.
Aeration involves making holes in the lawn by either pushing a rod into it or extracting a plug of soil. This process breaks up thatch and relieves soil compaction. Aeration service from Landworks Lawn Care Company improves water, nutrient, and oxygen movement to the root system.
Permanent Landscape Drainage Systems From Landworks Lawn Care Company
A permanent landscape drainage system may be necessary if the problem persists after dethatching and aerating. Three of the most popular options are French drains, dry creek beds, and catch basins.
A French drain is a trench filled with gravel around a slotted pipe. French drains are ideal for lawns and landscapes, patios and driveways, retaining walls, and around foundations. French drains direct groundwater or surface water away from an area toward the lowest point in the landscape. The water is then collected in the perforated pipe at the base of the drain, and directed toward a more suitable area. French drains collect water over the entire length of the drain instead of one particular spot like surface drains.
A dry creek bed, sometimes called an arroyo or dry stream bed, is a shallow trench lined with landscape fabric and filled with rocks of varying sizes. This creates a collection point for the water to slowly soak into the soil. In addition to directing water away from areas where it pools, a dry creek bed also offers an attractive and low maintenance focal point.
A catch basin system is a large drain installed at the lowest point of your lawn so that water runs down into the basin rather than collecting anywhere else. The water then flows from the basin to an outlet in an area that can handle the runoff.
For more information about landscape drainage, call Landworks Lawn Care Company at (913) 422-9300. To request a quote, click here.