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Tips for Solving Lawn Drainage Issues

While water is necessary for a beautiful spring lawn, too much of a good thing can lead to trouble.  If you have water accumulating in different parts of your lawn, you could be looking at the aftermath of a serious London Ontario yard drainage problem.  Problems with lawn drainage can have many detrimental effects on your property. Not only can it interfere with plant functions, like photosynthesis, but standing water can also cause serious damage to the foundation of your home or commercial property. Luckily, you can solve these problems by investing in some good quality yard drainage solutions.  We’ll show you how.

What Causes London Ontario Yard Drainage Problems?

A lawn drainage problem can arise from many factors.  Here are the top two:

  • The wrong soil type:  soil with high clay content and low organic matter highly increases drainage issues.
  • Highly compacted soil: if your soil is compacted, there will be little room for air and water movement.  If the water can’t move it will just back up.

If you suspect either of these are the case, then it’s time to invest in some yard drainage solutions.

Yard Drainage Solutions for Your Lawn

Since having problems with your lawn drainage will have a negative effect on grass roots, this is an issue you will want to tackle quickly with a well-maintained London Ontario yard drainage system.

Take into consideration the following pieces of advice and you should be well on your way to a healthy lawn and property:

  • Aeration: one of the best yard drainage solutions on the market is core aeration.  Aerating punches holes in the lawn and adds air pockets.  This will help improve air and water circulation.
  • Apply hardpan subsoil: introducing hardpan subsoil, like hard clays, can also help in solving your dilemma.  Just a few inches of hardpan subsoil can improve yard drainage.
  • Add compost to your lawn:  if you want to improve your lawn drainage, then why not top dress the soil by adding compost or top soil?  This works if your soil has a heavy clay content or sandy composition.  You’ll want to apply organic matter to retain water easier.
  • Plant borders: if an issue just exists in a small area of the lawn, then combat it by digging and making borders along the problem area with small plants.  These plants will automatically help with water management naturally.
  • Top dressing: your problem may lie in properties sitting at a higher level draining into your lawn.  You can remedy this by raising the lawn to the same level with the addition of a top dressing.  You can also lay down a drainage system between the two properties.
  • Go French: try installing a permanent drainage system, such as a French drain.  This drain is constructed across the lowest area of the lawn.
  • Add a pond: if you are fresh out of drainage options, then you have one option left: take your lemons and make lemonade, so to speak.  Dig a small pond in your yard and allow the excess water to accumulate in it.  Suddenly an eyesore becomes an aesthetic focal point.

Allow the experts at BEST Plumbing and Drainage to help solve your lawn drainage issues.  Visit the BEST website for more information about Yard Drainage.

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