Does your lawn flood after every rainstorm? Is your soil experiencing nutrient deficiencies due to runoff and erosion? Drainage problems can cause unnecessary damage to your lawn and completely undermine any of your landscaping efforts. Lawn drainage problems are often related to the design of your yard or poorly constructed downspouts. You can address some of your lawn drainage issues and improve your landscape by considering the causes of water drainage and damage in your lawn and what you can do to prevent it in the future.
Common Causes of Lawn Drainage Problems
There are a variety of reasons why your lawn may be experiencing lawn drainage issues. Runoff erosion from downspouts, the pitch or slope of your yard, compacted soil, soils with high clay content, or walkways can all affect the flow of rainwater on your property.
What Can You Do to Reduce Drainage Issues?
Drainage problems can be a headache for homeowners, but there are solutions. First, pay attention to your watering schedule. If you are struggling with flooded areas of your lawn, your sprinkler system may be contributing to the problem. Remember, deep and infrequent irrigation schedules are generally the best to follow.
Then, check your downspouts. If they are too short or are damaged, this can cause soil erosion where the water makes frequent contact with the ground beneath it. Repairing or extending your downspouts can help in that situation. If the problem continues, you may need to install a swale, French drain, or rain garden to direct the flow of water more efficiently.
Tips for Prevention
Once you have completed the projects that can help control the flow of rainwater, your lawn will still need a bit of care to recover from the damage. Keep an eye on future occurrences of excessive runoff or standing water. Properties that experience lawn drainage issues often struggle with nutrient depletion, plant diseases, and pests.
Keeping up with lawn aeration is one of the best ways to ensure that rainwater can percolate through the soil. There are also liquid aeration products that help to increase the amount of pore space in the soil to promote proper drainage.
It may be a good idea to invest in professional lawn care treatments which heal your grass and soil and provide the lush results you desire. Scientific Plant Service can provide a variety of lawn management services, nutrient management, soil testing, and tree and shrub care to return your landscape to its former beauty.
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, and Pinterest!