Spring can be sloppy and wet. After a big rain, have you noticed in parts of your yard water consistently pools for a day or more? Wood deck contractors in Atlanta offer their expert ideas to help you overcome this force of nature! Don’t despair. Although, before you act, make sure the wet spot isn’t due to a burst pipe or crack in your irrigation system. If there hasn’t been much rain and you notice water accumulating, it is time to call a plumber to avoid a super high water bill!
Aerate Your Lawn
The simplest strategy you can try if there are parts of your yard that stay wet too long is to aerate your lawn. Aerating reduces compaction in the soil so that water and oxygen can percolate through it faster. Many rental stores have lawn aerator machines available, and you should be able to get the job done in just a couple of hours. Plan on doing this annually if you have clay soil. Sandy or well-drained soil requires aerating every two to three years.
Fill in the Low Spots
If your problem area is small and dips lower than the rest of your yard, fill it in with compost or topsoil. Compost helps loosen your soil over time to relieve the issue.
Re-grade Your Yard
If water pools too close to your foundation, patio, or deck, you may need to hire a professional to re-grade your yard. While expensive, doing this will prevent a flooded basement or compromised foundation.
Incorporate Permeable Pavers
By switching your patio, pathways, or driveway to the permeable pavement, you enable water to sink directly into the ground. They also help reduce pollution. Options include porous asphalt and concrete, gravel, mulch, and, of course, permeable pavers.
Install a French Drain
A French drain is a clever piping system that collects water and redirects it to a more desirable place. You can buy a DIY kit or bring in professionals to do the job. It’s a very effective way to end the water pooling in your yard and has a cool name!
Build a Rain Garden
Consider building a rain garden if you are tired of battling a soggy lawn every time the skies open up. They take the shape of a shallow basin, trough, or stream that naturally collects water. Be sure that the plants you choose for your garden love the water such as shrubs, grasses, and perennials.
One way to turn a negative into an aesthetic positive is to cover the pooling area with a wood bridge or boardwalk. These add beauty, function, and character to a backyard area. How do we know? We’ve built many over the years for customers and would love an opportunity to meet with you and share designs to transform the look of your backyard while solving your water pooling problem.
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