Wet Lawns In Spring – Is Your Lawn Drowning?


Spring showers are responsible for the vibrant explosion of plant life that makes this time of the year unique. At times, these showers can give us more rain than we asked for, and more than our lawns know what to do with. When it collects, excess rainwater can turn your lawn into a muddy swamp. Wet lawns can delay your time you want to get out and play in spring. While all plants need water, too much water can rot root systems and eventually kill off valuable pieces of your landscaping.


Standing water is also an ideal breeding ground for troublesome mosquitoes. When water pools close to your house’s foundation, there can be seepage into your home. Improper drainage is not just unsightly – it can be very damaging to your property. There are a variety of ways to maximize your yard’s drainage. Buried drainage pipes and/or gravel-filled trenches are the best ways to remove large amounts of water. These options, however, are also the most disruptive and costly.


Another way to address drainage issues is with your landscaping itself. Certain plants thrive in wet areas, and building a water garden is a great way to incorporate these plants (e.g. irises and elephant ears) into your landscape. Willows and plane trees love water and can absorb huge amounts out of the ground. Replacing swampy areas with rocks, gravel, and water-loving plants can turn a trouble spot into an attractive and unique area of your yard. An ornamental pond can be a gathering pool for runoff while acting as a central feature that can house cattails, lily pads, and even fish.


Adequate drainage is not a very exciting aspect of landscaping, but it only takes a few downpours to realize its necessity. Fortunately, there are multiple ways that you can make sure your lawn handles water as best as possible. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas about the best course of action – feel free to consult a professional.

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