Georgia’s dense, clay-based soils frequently lead to water retention in our laws, i.e., standing water. When this water does not drain properly, it can cause numerous problems, from lawn diseases to mosquitoes. In landscaping terms, we call excess water “oversaturation.” Oversaturation can negatively impact the level of the lawn, damage turfgrass, and other plants, make your yard inviting for insects, and more. Today’s blog will show you how to tackle this annoying dilemma.
Drainage problems in your grass are more than an eyesore. They can lead to a variety of problems.
Uneven Terrain – Excess moisture can exacerbate divets and pockets in the lawn as it pools. If this happens repeatedly, you could end up with an uneven lawn that not only looks bad but it also makes it difficult to mow. It’s easy to lock up the mower blades when going over a bump. It could also lead to injuries like twisted ankles.
Damaged Turfgrass – If water is not removed quickly, the turfgrass underneath can die. Repeated exposure to excess moisture can make it easier for foot traffic to tear up the grass. Standing water will also make it impossible for your grass to grow properly. Grass needs about an inch and a half of water per week at the most. Anything more than that, and you risk damaging the turf.
Standing water in your yard can lead to mosquitoes. Believe it or not, female mosquitoes can use something as tiny as an overturned bottle cap full of water as a nursery. When your yard has turned into a personal lake, there’s no telling how many thousands of mosquitoes could soon be hatching. Also, excess moisture can lead to various lawn diseases, molds, and fungi – all of which thrive in moist environments.
A drainage system helps your yard maintain its health, appearance, and integrity. It’s an affordable solution, and you’ll have peace of mind during those heavy spring and summer thunderstorms. Drainage systems are basically the same system you have on your street: a grate with a pipe that leads to the main sewers.
In addition to installing a drainage system, several other steps will help keep excess moisture flowing away from your property.
Specifically, trees and shrubs. These plants will happily drink up excess water.
Aeration, or core aeration, is used to break up compacted soil. When soil is compacted, it hardens, making it extremely difficult for water, air, sunlight, and nutrients to penetrate the soil and reach your turfgrasses’ roots. While compacted soil is not always the cause of standing water, we see it frequently in the lawn care industry. Using a specialized tool, your lawn care tech will pull hundreds of tiny plugs from your yard, like you would if you were sewing crops. These holes will break up the hardened soil and help water drain better.
There’s nothing wrong with shade, but if your yard is especially dark, it can make it hard for the sun to evaporate excess water naturally. Considering trimming back tree or shrub branches so that more light can penetrate your yard.
Getting up on the ladder to clean gutters is a time-consuming, demanding chore, but if you neglect your gutters, they can’t move moisture away from your house. This can not only cause water to pool in your grass, but it can also cause water to pool near your foundation, which can have dire consequences.
At North Georgia Lawn, we can install surface drainage structures to quickly and efficiently remove excess water. We can even integrate them into the landscape, so they are less intrusive. We also offer aeration services to break up compacted soil and keep the water off the surface. If you’ve got standing water, don’t wait – call (678) 508-0050 or contact us online today to get a custom drainage enhancement. For more tips on landscaping and lawn care, visit our monthly blog!