The Q&A Archives: Flooded backyard

Question: Every time it rains, my backyard becomes a little lake. I need to level the terrain and to plant new grass. What can I do?


Answer: Jeronimo,

You can do a couple of things. One is to install underground drainage, often referred to as a French drain. This will usually require the hiring of a professional since the drain has to be on a proper slope to work right. Another option is to redirect water from roof downspouts or washing in from a neighbors yard to other areas so it doesn't collect and stand in your yard. Berms to direct surface flow and underground pipes to carry away rain gutter downspout water can help accomplish this. The last suggestion is to make lemonade out of those lemons. Install plants that like wet condition. Perhaps change the grade some by moving soil or brining in some soil to create higher areas that are not prone to water logging and other low area where bog type plants can be used. Plants like cannas, Louisiana iris, pickerel weed, spider lily, button bush, Virginia sweetspire, yaupon holly, and southern wax myrtle can take wet conditions for a period of time.

If you just want a lawn there bring in enough soil to level the area and then lay new sod and water it in well. Keep it moist for a couple of weeks to allow it time to start to put down roots.

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