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Does Your Landscape Have a Drainage Problem?

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Does your landscape have a drainage problem? Look for these signs and explore solutions.

Summer is a time when many property owners focus on enjoying their outdoor spaces. However, it’s also a season that can highlight drainage problems in your landscape. Identifying and addressing these issues is crucial to maintaining a healthy and beautiful property. At Scientific Plant Service, we want to help you spot and treat drainage problems to ensure your landscape thrives all summer long.

Spotting Drainage Issues

One of the first signs of a drainage problem is standing water. After a summer rainstorm, puddles that linger for more than a day or two clearly indicate that your yard’s soil isn’t draining correctly. This can lead to soggy lawns and muddy patches that can damage grass and other plants. Plant roots need oxygen as well as water.

Another sign to look for is water stains on your home’s foundation. This could indicate that water is not being directed away from your property as it should be. Additionally, erosion can signal drainage issues, particularly in areas where water flows during heavy rains. You might also notice that certain plants or areas of your lawn are struggling more than others. This can be a sign of excess water or poor soil drainage.

Causes of Poor Drainage

Several factors can contribute to poor drainage in your landscape. Compacted soil is a common cause as it prevents water from seeping through and causes it to accumulate on the surface. Similarly, heavy clay soils can retain water and slow down drainage.

Improper grading is another issue; especially if your yard slopes toward your house or other structures. Water can pool where it shouldn’t. Clogged or poorly designed gutters and downspouts can also lead to water spilling over and soaking the ground around your home.

Treating Drainage Problems

Once you’ve identified a drainage problem, addressing it promptly is essential to prevent further damage. Aeration can help improve soil drainage by creating small holes that allow water to penetrate more easily. This is the best course of action for lawns with compacted soil.

Re-grading your yard to ensure it slopes away from your house can also help. This might involve adding soil to low areas or reshaping the landscape to create a more effective water flow path. Installing a French drain, which is a trench filled with gravel and a perforated pipe, can effectively redirect water away from problem areas.

Application of a soil surfactant can improve the soil’s drainage characteristics.

Making sure that your gutters and downspouts are clean and functional is crucial. Downspout extenders can help direct water further away from your foundation. Creating a rain garden with water-loving plants in a naturally low area of your yard can also manage excess water and add beauty to your landscape.

Maintaining Good Drainage

Preventative maintenance is vital to keeping your landscape free from drainage issues. Seasonally aerate your lawn to maintain good soil structure. Check your gutters and downspouts periodically to ensure they are clear and functioning properly.

Consider adding organic matter to your soil to improve its structure and drainage capacity. Mulching around plants can also help regulate moisture levels and prevent soil erosion. Finally, monitor your landscape after heavy rains to catch any potential issues early before they become significant concerns.

At Scientific Plant Service, we are here to help you address any drainage issues and provide expert advice on maintaining a thriving outdoor space. Contact us today to discuss your landscape concerns. 

Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare

Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.

We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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