Much like health issues, poor lawn drainage problems are best prevented rather than cured. Standing water leads to increased subsurface water, which leads, in turn, to drowned greenery, exterior property damage, and even an increased mosquito presence. These are among some of the last things you need as a business owner. You’re trying to attract customers, not repel them.
Luckily, there are simple steps you can take and solutions you can investigate to help you solve poor lawn drainage in your commercial location.
How to Identify Poor Lawn Drainage
To correctly identify that your business’s greenspace is suffering from poor drainage, look for these signs:
- A lake in the yard: a pool forms in your yard after heavy rainfall
- Soil erosion: look for scalped patches of land and exposed dirt
- Gushing gutters and misplaced downspouts: miniature waterfalls are coming over your gutters or your downspout is spewing water into your yard. Your gutters are likely full of debris—your downspouts need to be redirected to dump water elsewhere
- Puddles in the basement: check your building’s basement for puddles and light flooding
These are only a few primary signs of poor lawn drainage. Investigate further and contact a professional if you can’t identify the source of the problem.
Solutions to Poor Commercial Drainage
Grade Your Grounds
Many lawn drainage issues are caused by greenspace that’s too flat and not redirecting water away from buildings. A simple solution to prevent poor lawn drainage is grading your business’s grounds. Grading involves shaping the land to a specific slope, which will divert water and rainfall away from your building.
Grading your land is not a DIY project. Reach out to a professional to take care of the issue properly.
If your downspouts are dumping water directly into your yard, redirection and extension can stop them from drowning your greenspace. You can purchase downspout extensions at your local hardware store. Just make sure you’re redirecting the runoff towards a storm drain or another safe location—not towards a neighbor.
Drainage swales and French drains are great preventatives against poor lawn drainage. Both directly drain excess water away from the property as it appears, eliminating the possibility of excess water buildup and damage.
You can DIY drainage swales and French drains, but unless you’re trained, it’s not recommended. To avoid expensive repairs in the future, contact a professional.
Land Concepts will help get rid of your business’s poor lawn drainage once and for all. We are a landscaping and lawn care company serving the commercial market in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas. Whether you need to install a drainage swale or explore irrigation solutions to keep your lawn green, we can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.