Wet spots in your yard are an eyesore and can be swampy which is also a breeding ground for pests like mosquitoes. Landscapes with drainage problems have underwater grass that dies from sitting underwater for too long. If the soggy area is close to your house, the standing water can leak into your basement which can lead to flooding. These problems can all be addressed by hiring a landscape drainage contractor who is an expert at backyard drainage solutions.
Inspect Gutter Downspouts
When it comes to backyard drainage solutions, one of the first places to inspect are the gutter downspouts. An appropriate downspout drainage solution is to extend the gutter downspout. Often, there is landscaping near the house that creates a basin for standing water. Extending the gutter downspout is more often than not an immediate and inexpensive solution to your drainage problem.
Create a Creek Bed for Drainage and Beauty
With the right landscaping, a creek bed in your yard will look good even when it’s dry. When you build a dry creek bed, you are creating a proper backyard drainage solution. A dry creek bed, is essentially a gully or trench for your wet backyard. When the trench is usually filled with stones and edged with plants to simulate an area like that of a dry creek. A dry creek bed can channel water away from a low spot in the yard which allows for direct runoff into a rain garden or dry well. You may decide to use a group of a few dry stream beds as a landscape drainage solution, which ultimately prevents erosion by reducing water runoff.
French Drains Work Wonders for Drainage
A French drain is an age-old system for dealing with all kinds of landscape drainage problems. A French drain disperses water over the entire landscape through a buried pipe. The pipe must be surrounded by material that allows water to drain through. Traditionally for a French drain gravel is used as the material for gravel drainage use. A French drain system can be used alone or combined with a dry well.
French drains that are designed correctly don’t require an electrical outlet. The water dissipated from the drain will simply soak into the soil as it flows along the perforated pipe. French drains don’t require an inlet on just one end either. A drain can be constructed the drain to accept water along its length, and disperse it underground.
A Healthy Yard with the Right Backyard Drainage Solutions
With the right backyard drainage solutions your yard can be free from drainage problems. These are long term solutions that are best determined by a drainage contractor like Austin Drainage + Landscape Development. Give us a call at 512-453-4932 today.