• How to Improve Drainage in Your Lawn

    March 1, 2023
  • There are several common causes of yard drainage issues. For example, are you experiencing problems due to a short downspout, yard slope, runoff erosion, impacted soil, or front walkways blocking water flow? If so, we can offer some DIY approaches to fix your drainage problems and improve the look of your lawn and garden. However, when you want professional help, please rely on our team of experts at Custom Taylor’d Lawn & Landscape in Springfield, IL.

    Decrease How Frequently You Water Your Lawn and Garden

    The first thing you should try before investing in an extensive and expensive drainage project is to check on the possibility that you’re overwatering your lawn. Cut down on how often you water and see if the trouble spots drain or not. If they do, your soil is likely draining correctly. The problem may be that it’s unable to keep up with your frequent watering schedule. However, if the trouble spots don’t drain, you might have a drainage problem on your hands. If you want professional help diagnosing the situation, we hope you’ll rely on our experts at Custom Taylor’d Lawn & Landscape in Springfield, IL.

    Extend the Downspout Away from Your House

    If you notice the runoff causing your drainage problem is coming from your gutter system, there may be an easy fix. We recommend extending the downspout away from your house so it doesn’t collect and form wet spots on your lawn or landscaping. Ensure you send the water to a storm drain or other appropriate drainage source. Your neighbors won’t thank you for diverting your runoff into their yard, so if you’re doing this project yourself, be safe and smart about it. It’s also a good idea to check that your gutters are working properly because blocked gutters can lead to water overflow in your yard. So, if you need help with your drainage downspout or the gutters on your roof, contact our experts at Custom Taylor’d Lawn & Landscape for our exceptional lawn care services.

    Dig Your Own Creek Bed or Drainage Swale

    If extending the downspout doesn’t fix the problem and you still notice soggy spots in your yard, you may need a different approach. In this case, we recommend digging a creek bed or a drainage swale to divert water away. If you want to tackle this project yourself, know that it involves digging a trench into the soil, so you’ll need a shovel or spade, gravel, or decorative rocks to fill it. This installation will act as a slide to channel water to the designated spot, providing your yard with the proper downward slope. Since this is a more involved and complicated undertaking, you may want to invest in professional help to install this project. Contact our experts today with your ideas for your landscaping. We promise to construct a beautiful and functional addition to your yard that will restore it to its former glory and solve that pesky drainage problem.

    Check Your Yard Often and Consult the Professionals

    Once your drainage problem has been solved, it’s important to keep your eye on your property in case another issue occurs. Continue to take care of your soil and check for future damp spots or standing water. Whenever a drainage problem occurs on your property, feel free to call our professionals at Custom Taylor’d Lawn & Landscape at 217.306.4215. Depending on your needs, we can give you expert advice or expert service. Suppose you want to handle the project yourself. In that case, we can offer excellent suggestions like rototilling your soil to help it aerate more or using decorative rocks to create barriers to runoff and guide the water where you want it to go. Trust our team to handle any lawn or landscaping problem when you are too busy or stressed. With our considerable experience and quality tools, your yard will suddenly be full of possibilities.