Lawn Recovery after Flooding

If an abnormal heavy rainfall leaves your yard saturated with large wet spots or pools in your yard, it's time to install better drainage. Poor drainage is an eyesore and it's damaging to your lawn, plants and nearby structures. A soggy lawn can cause grass to die and increase the chance for mosquitoes. It can destroy pricey plants and creep into structural walls, possibly creating a wet basement. 
 
Most drainage issues occur when land is flat, holds compact soil and has a high water table. Sound familiar? The good news is poor drainage can be fixed. The solution is often simple. Try DIY methods before hiring an expert. If things don't improve after that, ask the pros. Your yard may require a more complex resolution.
 
To get started, follow these cost-effective tips to drain unwanted water from your yard:

 

Tips & Tricks

1. Survey your lawn. Pay attention to your yard after heavy rainfall. Do you have low and high spots causing drainage issues? Do some areas collect more water than others? Map out the root of the problem so you can best strategize next steps.
 
2. Fill low spots. Early spring or fall is a good time to repair low spots. Remove the sod in sections and add your fill soil. Carefully tap the soil. Don't compact it heavily. Replace the sod one inch higher than the existing lawn. This method gives the new spot space to settle.
 
3. Lower high spots. Use a shovel or another tool to remove grass and soil. Eliminate high spots in sections. Dig up to 8 inches deep until the soil is level with the existing yard. Rake until even and replace top layer of grass.
 
4. Fix downspouts. A popular spot for soggy water areas is in the landscaping near your home. Extend the downspout to help water drain past plants and shrubs. Or, remove the spout and replace it where you notice soggy ground.
 
5. Create a rain garden. Channel rain water into a rain garden, a low area of your yard ideal for plants that can absorb lots of water. Remember to choose deep-rooted and native plants such as trees, shrubs and perennials. Rain gardens are a perfect solution to replace a waterlogged area of your yard.