What Do You Do About Lawn Drainage Problems?

What do you do about lawn drainage problems? Add organic material to your lawn and use an aerator to stop drainage problems. When asked about lawn drainage problems, Merrideth Jiles, who is the garden center...

When asked about lawn drainage problems, Merrideth Jiles, who is the garden center manager at The Great Outdoors Nursery and Landscaping Center in Austin, Texas, says, "There are a lot of reasons that areas of your lawn would not drain. Sometimes you may have to put in what is called a French drain, which is actually a trench, and put something in to make it drain. That's a more intense landscape type job."

This type of solution obviously requires a professional's help and can be quite costly. It your drainage problems are not severe, it would probably be better to try out some of the other methods available to you before taking on such a large project. If you continue to have the same issue with your lawn, then it would be time to look into the possibility of installing a yard drain.

Jiles says, "Another thing you can do to create drainage or even to revitalize a lawn that's hurting is core aeration. They make these things that are like shoes with nails on them that you can walk around on your lawn with, but the best way to do it is to rent a machine called a core aerator, which is a very heavy piece of equipment that rolls across your lawn and actually pulls out lots of little plugs of dirt. Slow compaction from traffic, environmental stress, or not adding organic material back to your soil- those things cause soil to get compressed. Core aeration is something that helps loosen the soil and get air to the roots of the grass." You can hire a lawn care company to come in and do this for you or even rent these tools at your local garden center if you want to do it yourself. Many places will even offer a demonstration on how to correctly use the equipment.

Jiles adds, "Another thing is top dressing, which is where you basically spread a fine layer of compost across your whole lawn to help Mother Nature reintroduce organic material back to your lawn. Adding organic materials will actually also help with drainage if the soil is really compacted and it does not want to drain. It will improve water retention in areas that seem to get really dry, because basically it's building healthy soil. Healthy soil should not have either one of those problems - where it stays wet all the time or where it constantly dries up."

If your lawn has drainage problems, the first thing that you should do is consult a professional as far as what the best solution for your particular situation would be. You can call in a lawn care company to take care of it for you the first time that it happens, and then in the future, when you see the signs of impending drainage problems, you will already know exactly how to fix them. At the very least, you should talk to an expert at your local garden center, especially if you haven't faced this type of situation before.

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