February 23, 2022

Yard drainage problems can be frustrating. Standing water and soggy yards are both an eyesore and a danger to the structure and health of your home and property. When you have yard drainage problems, you need the right professionals to diagnose and address the problem. Finding landscaping and drainage contractors can fix your standing water concerns and leave your yard looking beautiful.

Tropical Landscape design in garden. View of small pond, large stones and waterfall

What Causes Water Drainage Problems?

Drainage contractors will look for the primary cause of drainage problems. Poor drainage is not always due to a single issue. Sometimes a yard has drainage issues because of high clay content in the soil. Sometimes drainage issues are caused by a poorly graded yard with no run-off. Sometimes drainage problems may develop over time due to erosion or construction. But if you have pools of standing water, soggy areas of the yard, or worse, foundation damage and water entering your home, you need to address this with landscaping and drainage contractors who are familiar with your area and the soil makeup.

Advanced Drainage Solutions

Rather than only remediating the damage that standing water and a soggy yard can cause, most landscaping and drainage contractors will work with you to find an advanced drainage solution in an effort to avoid the issue of soggy areas and standing water from ever happening again. Depending on the property and the reason for the drainage problems, there are several options to consider.

  • French Drains

French drains are one of the most popular solutions proposed by drainage contractors. A French drain is a trench with a drainage pipe that runs a few feet from the house and goes below the frost line so the water that flows through will not freeze and crack the pipe. The pipe will be fitted with small holes and will be positioned to run in a slight downward slope, encouraging the water to flow away from the yard and the foundation of the house. The pipe will usually sit on a thin bed of gravel, and the trench itself will be filled with gravel to allow the water to flow more easily. The gravel can be worked into the landscaping, or the drain and gravel can be topped with sod for an unbroken look.

  • Pavers and Hardscapes

Areas that were once soggy from poor drainage can be transformed into impressive outdoor spaces with the right landscape design service. Hardscapes, such as paver walkways, paver patios, water features, fire pits, and retaining walls, can all be used to remedy areas that are prone to standing water. If you have a hardscape feature that appears to be failing, a good landscaping team can look at the issue and create a custom solution to fix the problem.

Custom Drainage Solution

The right landscaping and drainage contractor won’t simply install a drain that will be another eyesore on your property, trading a soggy lawn for an unattractive one. A quality landscape and drainage contractor will work with you and your property to create a landscape design that works around your clay soil and drainage issues with custom solutions that will not only solve your drainage problems, but will make your property more attractive and enjoyable.

Ignoring a soggy property won’t make it go away, and simply deciding that there’s nothing you can do about the soil makeup will leave you with more problems than you started with. Clay soil may be a problem, but the right landscaping contractor can turn your soggy lawn into a beautiful property you love spending time in. If you’re experiencing drainage issues in your lawn, contact Twin Oaks Landscape today.