Have you heard the good news about yard drainage? You can stop spring rains from flooding your Branson, MO property this year.
And there are plenty of landscaping ideas to repair those flooded areas. You need to discover what’s causing standing water in your yard after it rains in the first place.
Problem: 6 Reasons Why Your Yard Floods Every Time there’s Heavy Rain
Do you dread it when you see the weather forecast for heavy rains—especially if they’re coming from spring thunderstorms?
If there are weeks of rain, does water pond over the walkway leading to your front porch? Is there a depression in your backyard where water pools during a heavy soaker?
Standing water after a storm could come from one of these six factors:
1. Your yard has a slope where water runs toward the house or your yard instead of away from it. And this standing water can’t drain properly.
2. You have clay soil, and it’s compacted, causing flooding because the ground can’t absorb the water.
3. Your lawn may have too much thatch in it. Thatch is that brown layer between the grass line and the soil line. It contains dead grass roots, shoots, and other organic debris.
Some thatch in the lawn won’t cause flooding, but it may start ponding problems if it’s over a half-inch thick.
4. Your home’s downspouts don’t divert water away from your home. Instead, it pools on your walkways and around your house.
5. There are areas of your property that have soggy spots because that area never completely dries out. Underground waterways provide constant moisture that keeps the soil from percolating excess moisture deep into the ground.
6. If you own a newly constructed home or you’ve added a pool recently, the soil may be compacted and of poor quality.
Solutions: How to Fix Water Pooling in Your Yard
If you’re tired of your basement flooding and your backyard going underwater whenever there are spring rains, then it’s time to make an appointment with us at Zanescapes.
You have many options for repairing a property that floods. At Zanescapes, we work with you to move water away from your home and any low-lying areas. Here are five landscaping solutions to relieve flooding on your Springfield, MO property:
1. Create a swale: When you need to move water downhill rather than toward your home, a swale may be the solution for you. Swales are grassy areas where the water moves down a slope and gets absorbed into the ground.
Your other swale option includes a French drain where we dig a trench and fill it with gravel wrapped in landscape fabric to keep out debris. We can also add perforated piping that moves the water to a storm drain or a dry well.
2. Grade your property: If you’ve had a lot of construction done on your property or you bought a newly built home, then your yard may need grading to even it out or to create a slope. A graded slope moves water away from your home and any low-lying areas.
3. Install a dry well: A dry well works well in low-lying areas or as a catch basin at the end of a French drain or a dry creek bed.
A dry well contains perforated plastic tubs filled with rocks as the water drains away in a dry creek bed. For example, the water lands in the dry well, where it’s gradually absorbed into the ground.
4. Install a rain garden: If you have an area that’s low lying, constantly wet or ponds quickly when the rain starts to pour, then a rain garden may be the answer. Rainwater drains into a rain garden that includes moisture-loving plants, such as
⦁ Bee balm
⦁ Black-eye Susans
⦁ Cardinal flower
⦁ Swamp milkweed
⦁ Joe Pye weed
A Harrison, AR rain garden will add season-long interest, pollinators, and wonderful fragrances.
5. Install a dry creek bed: If you have flooding along a front walkway or right outside your backdoor, then it’s time to add a dry creek bed. A dry creek bed weaves its way around those low-lying areas and diverts water away from those spots.
Besides, you have a creek bed that’s filled with boulders, rocks, and pebbles to help direct water to a dry well. You can add water-loving shrubs and perennials to add color. Then, when the rain starts falling, your creek bed fills up, creating a beautiful focal point.
How Zanescapes Creates Landscaping for Areas that Flood
Zanescapes is your premier landscaping source to rehabilitate your yard from spring rains. We provide the following lawn and landscaping services for ponding yards:
⦁ Aeration or dethatching the lawn so water can percolate into the soil
⦁ Design and build rain gardens
⦁ Design and build dry creek beds
⦁ Create swales to move water downhill
⦁ Grade your property so water can drain
⦁ Install French drains
⦁ Install dry wells.
If you live in Branson or Springfield, MO, or Harrison, AR, you need to call us Zanescapes Tree and Yard.
In Branson, MO, customers know that Zanescapes does quality work and will fix any yard drainage problems plaguing your property. Contact Zanescapes today by calling 417-332-2333 or filling out our contact form.
Zanescapes serves the following metropolitan areas: Branson, MO, Springfield, MO, and Harrison, AR.
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