If you have standing water on your lawn after it rains or if you notice your lawn stays soggy longer than it should after it rains, you have drainage problems. This can cause a lot of problems for you. The grass may not be healthy, and you may notice more mosquitoes because of all the moisture. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help with your drainage problems, two of which are listed below.  

Use Landscaping

Having a landscaped yard is great for your home's aesthetics. Landscaping can also help you with drainage problems. One thing you can do is aerate your lawn. This not only keeps your yard dry, but it also keeps the grass healthy. Water drains properly in the soil after rain. 

When aerating a yard, holes are spiked or punched in the ground using an aerator. This allows more air, nutrients, and water to get through. When it rains, instead of sitting on top of the lawn, it will sink into the soil instead. This helps the grass roots stay healthy and also allows nutrients to go into the soil much easier. You can rent an aerator or hire a service to do this for you. 

If you have a slope in your yard, you could install a retaining wall. Retaining walls can add to the landscaping. You can plant flowers in front of the wall to dress it up. Retaining walls can be only a few feet high or much higher depending on how large your slope is. 

Install a Drainage System

If you are dealing with a lot of water, you may need to install a drainage system. One type is known as a French drain. With this, a contractor digs a trench around the foundation. The contractor then installs a perforated pipe, covers the pipe with a filter, then places drain rocks, such as gravel, over the fabric. This will hold the pipe and fabric in place. A French drain will direct water to another area on your property or to another drainage system. 

Another type of drainage system is known as a channel drain. This requires installing a PVC channel in the ground that is secured with concrete. A cast iron grate is placed over the channel. This works well near concrete driveways, pool decks, or patios that collect a lot of water. 

Contact a local drainage contractor to learn more.