Does your backyard have a tendency to take on a lot of water when the spring rains start to fall? Maybe you've noticed large pools of water in various places on your lawn just after a storm. A flooded yard can damage your grass or harm your foundation. In addition, the water can find its way into your basement, causing a big mess followed by a costly cleanup. Luckily, there are ways to prevent backyard flooding. Consider these six tips for your backyard this spring.
- Add an Extension to Your Downspout. This trick can be helpful if water pools on the ground beneath your downspout during a storm. By extending your downspout, you'll be helping the water move farther away from your home. Of course, make sure to choose an extension with the right fit for your downspout. These extensions are available at hardware and big-box stores.
- Install a Driveway Made of Permeable Pavers. If you have an old concrete driveway that contributes to the flooding in your yard, consider creating one with permeable pavers. Essentially, this is a driveway made of paving stones with spaces left between them. Rainwater runs down between the stones and travels through the layers beneath and back into the ground. Permeable pavers are available in different colors and sizes, adding a dose of style to your landscape.
- Set Up a Rain Barrel. Place a rain barrel beneath your downspout. It will catch the rain flowing through your gutters before it reaches the yard. You can use the water you capture in your rain barrel to water your garden, water your indoor plants, or refill the birdbath!
- Make a Swale. When you create a swale, you're giving water a natural way to flow out of your yard. Some swales are lined with stone, while others are bordered by plants and other vegetation that soak up the rainwater flowing by. I like the idea of using a purely natural way of removing water from a yard. In fact, a well-planned swale can be one of the highlights of your landscape!
- Put Down Heavy Mulch. If you have a few low areas in your yard that collect water during a storm, try filling them with mulch. This helps with drainage until you can find a more permanent solution, such as making a swale or installing a French drain.
- Create a Rain Garden. Plant your rain garden in the lowest area of your yard. A rain garden contains plants that can absorb lots of water. Some examples of plants include irises, New England asters, scarlet beebalm, and foxglove. Making a rain garden is not just a practical way to prevent flooding; it can also add beauty to your yard. Many homeowners run their downspout extension straight toward their rain garden to help the drainage process.
If you're having trouble with flooding in your backyard, try one of these ideas and let me know how it works for you. As always, thanks for reading. - Alan