With the spring showers approaching, it is now more important than ever to make sure that your yard’s drainage system is ready. Ensuring your yard is draining correctly and eliminating wet, flooded spots will help you to maintain healthy grass and a pristine looking yard.
CGreen’s Landscape Management has been helping Dallas, TX homeowners improve their yard’s drainage for over 30 years. Here are a few tips and tricks that we know will help improve your property’s drainage system this season!
Extending Gutter Downspouts
This is the simplest option for improving your yard’s drainage. Having your gutters drain into the landscaping, garden, or flowerbed creates a place for your water to pool. This can drown plants in the garden, and the standing water can attract mosquitoes. The best, simplest solution is to extend drainage downspouts to a lower part of your yard.
Install a French Drain
A French drain is a system that helps disperse water over a large area. French drains require significantly more work than extending a gutter downspout, but they are extremely effective. The concept is that by burying a perforated pipe under gravel and grass, water will drain into the pipe and will be evenly distributed throughout gravel. These are most effective when put into low areas.
Installing a French drain can be done by the homeowner, but for the best results it is often best left to the experts. CGreens offers professional yard drainage installation in Highland Park, North Dallas, Frisco, and throughout the Metroplex. Contact us for a free estimate today.
If you have a really tricky part of your yard that does not want to drain no matter what you try. Turning it into a rain garden is a really effective way to make the best of the situation. The trick is to turn this spot into an area that can handle the additional water without damaging your yard. Since this is a “garden,” you need to plant native plants that are able to survive in conditions with a lot of water. These plants are also effective for holding the soil together.
While this is another complicated solution, it is definitely the best looking! Creating a pristine stone creek in your yard to help drain water away from a low spot or to a rain garden is an effective drainage technique. It also is a great way to spruce up your yard a bit!
Attractive and functional landscape design is a CGreens specialty.
Underground Drain Pipe
Lastly, if you have a particularly troublesome spot in your yard that is uphill, installing an underground drainage pipe that leads to a lower area is an effective drainage strategy. You will need to dig a trench spanning from the area that water is pooling down to an area that you selected as the outlet. At the troublesome spot, you’ll need to places a catch basin connected into a solid PVC pipe. The buried pipe will keep that spot from flooding, and takes less management than a french drain.
Hopefully, this list helped give you some ideas if your yard’s drainage is not quite where it needs to be. There are definitely solutions that you would be able to install yourself, but for some of the more complex ones, you are already in the right place!
We have been helping homeowners improve drainage in their yards since 1980. On top of being able to install all the things above, we are also able to install sump pumps, grates & drain water catch basements, and erosion control measures. At CGreen Landscape Management, our professional team specializes in drainage and erosion control, serving the Dallas, TX area. For more information about our landscape services, contact us to schedule a service NOW!