2 Ways To Combat A Water-Logged Lawn

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A wet swampy lawn isn't just a deterrent to things like croquet games and barbecues--it can also represent a serious threat to the foundation of your home. Some form of water management, therefore, is essential to protect against unwanted water damage. If you have a lawn that soaks up and retains water like a sponge, read on. This article will introduce two long-term solutions to the problem.

French Drains

Water-logged lawns are generally caused by the convergence of two factors: a high water table and poor drainage. There is little you can do about the first, short of relocating your home entirely. Thus, employing landscaping tactics to increase drainage remains the most viable way to achieve a drier yard. Installing a French drain is one of the most effective ways to do this.

A French drain consists of a special pipe that is buried beneath the surface of your yard. This means that the first step in the installation process is to dig a trench. This trench must be graded so as to slope away from your house. The pipe that is installed in this trench is perforated along its length. This allows excess water to enter the pipe, which disperses it evenly as it travels farther from your home.

To make it easier for water to travel into the drain system, the pipe is surrounded by a layer of crushed gravel. Furthermore, the pipe is encased in a special filtration sleeve, often referred to as a "sock." The sock is responsible for preventing sand, dirt, and other debris from entering the pipe and causing clogs.

Dry Wells

The idea of a dry well is even simpler than that of a French drain: it is nothing more than a hole filled with crushed gravel. A dry well provides a repository into which excess water can flow, thus keeping the majority of your lawn dry. A dry well's water capacity can be further increased through the installation of a special plastic barrel.

This barrel, which is perforated along its sides, can contain a greater volume of water. It will also help to control the rate at which that water is allowed to disperse back into the ground. Even when such barrels are employed, they must still be surrounded by a layer of gravel to help promote drainage into and out of the dry well.

A dry well must be correctly sized to meet the water needs of your particular home. In order to determine the best size, you will need to know both the depth of water deposited by an average storm in your area, as well as the square footage of your roof.

For more information, contact a landscaping company in your area.

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