During the rainy season, your yard can turn into a series of puddles that are unsightly, unsafe, and downright annoying. Excess water in your yard can eventually lead to cracks in your foundation, raised spots in your concrete, damage to your shrubbery, and more. If you can successfully direct water away from your yard, you may be able to avoid all of these problems. Here are some tips for how to prevent your yard from flooding.
Change Your Guttering System
If you have old, worn out gutters, it might be time to replace them. Invest in seamless gutters and downspouts that will direct your water exactly where you want it to go. Even if you have good gutters right now, you might want to review their drainage path to make sure it fits your yard. It is possible that your gutters are draining water right into a low spot in the yard. Alter the drainage to another area and you could reduce your flooding.
Create A Path For The Water
The water coming out of your gutters will need a place to go. Why not build a path out of pebbles that will direct the water away from your house? If you have plants in your yard that do not get much water, you might want to direct the path towards them. You may also want to direct the water into a pond nearby, if you have one. The goal is to control where the water goes so it does not end up as a puddle in your yard.
Create Drains Where Possible – Change The Land Where It’s Not
If your yard has a lot of hills and valleys, you might want to make sure the valleys have drains in them. This can be costly to do, so it may not be something you are capable of right away. In that case, it might be best to alter the land to not have valleys in it. Cover the low spots with dirt and sod, and monitor where the water goes after that. Hopefully you will be able to create a yard free of puddles.
It’s not always easy to prevent your yard from flooding, but doing so will help your home foundation tremendously. Keep an eye on the water flowing in and out of your yard, and make ig go exactly where you need it to.