Two Strategies For Eliminating A Soggy Lawn

by Connor Pena

Having a soggy, water-prone lawn means you simply can't get as much use out of your property. Not only that, but such lawns can also increase the risk of water damage hurting your foundations. If you would like to learn more about how to take back your lawn and protect your home all in one fell swoop, read on. This article will discuss two effective strategies for eliminating a water-logged lawn.

Install a dry well.

Dry wells are a simple yet effective means of corralling excess water. At its simplest, a dry well is simply a deep circular hole filled with coarse chunks of gravel or some other type of stone. The idea is that the dry well acts as a sort of temporary cistern when water levels are high. A more sophisticated dry well system involves the installation of an open bottomed plastic barrel.

This barrel provides several different benefits. For one thing, it helps to keep dirt from clogging up the void spaces between the crushed gravel. In addition, it acts to slow the dispersal of the water back into the soil. Regardless of which type of dry well you utilize, however, it won't be able to protect against a soggy lawn unless it is of an appropriate size. To make this determination, you will need to take into account such factors as the average amount of precipitation in your area and the dimensions of your roof.

Install a French drain system. 

French drains represent a slightly more sophisticated means of handling excess rainwater. Rather than simply act as a temporary container for that water, a French drain acts to carry it safely away from your home. This is accomplished by means of a special pipe buried in your lawn.

The top and sides of this pipe contain perforations that allow water to enter. The bottom of the pipe, on the other hand, is solid. This keeps the water inside of it long enough for it to be carried a safe distance away. To successfully do its job, this pipe must be installed in a trench that has been especially graded so as to slope away from your home.

A French drain system also involves a layer of gravel. This gravel, installed on all sides of the pipe, allows water to easily trickle down and enter the pipe. Finally, before being fitted into place and covered up, the pipe itself is encased in a geotextile sleeve, commonly known as a "sock." The purpose of this sleeve is to keep dirt, sand, and other types of organic debris from clogging up the holes that allow water to enter the pipe. Visit for more information.