Does your yard suffer from an excess of standing water? This can be the case if you live in a low-lying area. Areas around you that are higher will deposit their water into your yard, and it has nowhere to go. If it only rains occasionally, the ground will eventually absorb the excess water. However, if you live in a place where it rains a lot, excess water could be a problem, as the water that gathers in your yard won't have a chance to be absorbed naturally. It will turn into standing water, which will attract mosquitoes and other bugs and cause mold to form around the foundation of your house. If you have a basement, it may leak. You need to keep your yard dry. Here are three ways to do it.
1. Install a French Drain
This is a great DIY project for keeping your yard dry. A French drain system is essentially a trench you dig and fill in with gravel. To make one that dries out your yard, look for a suitable place to re-route the water. Ideally this will be to an even lower lying area that is not someone else's yard, or to a flat area away from your house on the edge of your property.
Create your own slope from the area of the standing water to its intended destination. According to Landscaping.About.com, you need to build up about a one degree grade of soil sloping down to the intended location of the water. This is about a foot downward slope for every one hundred feet of the water's path. Dig your trench along this path at the one degree slope.
Line the trench with landscape fabric, then fill with gravel. Be sure to keep dirt out of the gravel or the French drain won't work as well. The water should now flow down the sloping trench through the gravel to the place you want it to go.
2. Build an Underground Drainage System
A plumber should be hired to do this, but it is a very effective method of draining your yard. An underground drainage system will utilize your basement floor or the foundation of your house to drain the excess water. Using underground piping in the area of the standing water, the plumber will set it up so the water goes into the pipes.
The pipes will go down into a drain in your foundation or basement floor, where it will be routed into the soil. The soil will absorb the water as it would under normal conditions in your yard, if your yard drained well naturally.
3. Use Rain Barrels
If the water collects in your yard in the same places again and again, you can keep your yard dry by using rain barrels. Just set up rain barrels in the places where the water usually collects. You can then use the water to irrigate your plants, wash your car, or boil it to drink or cook with whenever the barrels get full. It's an environmentally friendly solution.
Of course, this solution only works if your standing water is due strictly to rain collecting in low lying areas of your yard. It won't help with standing water from runoff from higher areas. If you get standing water from both higher areas and rain, a combination of a French or underground drain and rain barrels will keep your yard nice and dry.
You don't have to deal with standing water ruining your yard and creating a health hazard around your house. There are easy ways available to you to get rid of the water and keep your yard dry. Use one or more of the solutions mentioned here, and watch the standing water problem vanish and your yard flourish.
For more information, contact a local drain system company like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc.