Solve Your Drainage Problems

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The last thing anyone wants to see are wet spots on a beautiful garden. Not only will the grass around the area begins to wilt being underwater for too long but this area may start getting a bad order as well. It’s worse when you think about how you can’t even mow over such areas and even more worse when you picture people coming in to your house/ building with muddy footprints.If this area is next to your house/ building it may even risk basement leakages. Unless you want to have safety signs going from the landscape to the building floor cautioning the muddy grass and the wet floors, you need to find a solution. And here’s how to do that.

  • Before you start digging ditches to create trenches, go easy on it. Try scanning the area as to where the water is coming from. This issue might be as simple as a downspout that is draining into the lower areas of your garden. If that seems to be the case, I suggest your redirect your downspout from that wet muddy area to a different location.
  • If you did not find that working out, you may move on to other drainage solutions. First, start off with a plan of the whole area including the house/building, patios, and streets and so on. Then, taking a line level on any other sort of leveling method level the high and low areas and make notes on the relative height of such areas. Then use arrows on your plan to see show the direction of the flow of water. Keep in mind that if you’re planning to redirect the water to the street drainage contact your city and find out what the rules and regulations applied for such action.
    Such sketch will help you decide the best solution for the situation.
  • Another way to solve your drainage issue would be by building an eye catching landscape like a creek bed which can channel the water from the low areas to a rain garden or a dry well.
    Rain garden; a rain garden is simply an area that is created to collect water and filed with water plants. It wouldn’t exactly solve your soggy wet puddle issue but a rain garden is more attractive than having a muddy puddle in your yard. But the rain garden doesn’t always have to hold water, you could add drainage and make the rain garden hold the excess water till it all has been drained away.
  • Another way that you could solve this problem is by using drainpipes. Create trenches along the route (2 feet deep) and make sure that it’s a downward slope. And then, add a layer of equally spread gravel on to it. Then install the drainpipe at the center of the trench and cover it up with gravel on top.
    Well, hopefully, you’ll find these solutions to be helpful. Fingers crossed!