Lawn drainage is something many homeowners don't realize they have a problem with until they suddenly have areas of lawn that are ruined from too much moisture. If you have an area of your yard that never seems to get dry and is always a mushy mess, you probably have inadequate drainage. Some vegetation and plants can't stand large amounts of water and will get ruined if you don't have good drainage. Here are some tips for improving the drainage of your lawn.
Gather Your Supplies
You will need some basic tools and supplies in order to improve the drainage system on your lawn. Some of these supplies you may have in your shed or garage, but others you might need to pick up from your local hardware store. For lawn drainage you need:
- PVC drainage pipe
- Roofing paper
Prepare the Drainage Area
Once you have collected the supplies you need, you will need to prepare your drainage area. This is done by digging a trench with your shovel. It does not need to be a large trench, just big enough to allow for drainage through underground pipes. Choose a drainage area in your yard and have the trench go from there to your garden. Once the trench is dug, spread a few inches of gravel on the bottom of the trench, using your rake to smooth it out.
Place Your Pipe
Now that the gravel layer is down, you can place your pipe in the trench. Take your PVC drainage pipe and lay it down on the gravel layer. The holes of the PVC pipe should be facing downward toward the gravel. The pipe now needs to be protected, which you can do by covering it with your roofing paper. This will seal the joints as well and protect it from damage when you walk over that area of the lawn. With the pipe laid and protected, you can fill in more gravel to cover the pipe. Once you have covered it with gravel by a couple inches, fill up the rest of the trench with topsoil.
There will be an outlet to the pipe at the top where the drainage goes from the drainage field. To camouflage it and not make it so obvious, you can lay stones or ground cover around it. Just make sure the hole to the pipe is not completely blocked, otherwise your new drainage system is not going to work. You can also hire professionals, like those at West Sound Plumbing Service.