Signs You May Have Poor Drainage and How To Fix It

Our unique weather pattern may bring lots of rain and help beautify our landscapes this Spring.  Or, it could be dry.  Either way, we need to fortify your landscape with the right amount of hydration leading up to the hot, dry days of summer.

A professional Start-Up and Walk Through for your irrigation system every Spring is important whether or not you winterized your system.  During the walk through, we’ll slowly fill the irrigation system, check for damage or leaks, program the settings for your turf type and adjust sprinkler heads for optimal coverage.  If you haven’t already, you may also consider adding a smart controller for better efficiency, which includes wireless rain sensors and other features proven to conserve water.

If we do experience a lot of rain this Spring and you don’t have good drainage, large amounts of rain can cause damage. The Georgia clay prevalent in our soil does not absorb water quickly, and can quickly become oversaturated after heavy rains.  It’s also very slow to dry out.  Here’s a quick overview of the challenges and solutions caused by the combination of poor drainage and heavy rains.

The top three risks associated with poor water drainage are:

  1. Plant Damage: When plant roots become saturated with water, the plant is denied oxygen and is prone to rot.
  2. Fungus: Oversaturation can make your turfgrass more vulnerable to various fungi, disease, insects – even foot traffic.
  3. Structural Damage: Poor drainage can also cause structural damage to interior and exterior of your home.

The top solutions for poor drainage

If you have poor drainage, we can help! First, one of our experienced team members will inspect your property and identify and evaluate any problem areas.  If the issue is happening in a relatively small area, we may simply recommend building up the area with a soil mix that can better absorb and drain excess water.  

For larger areas, the French drain method is popular and cost-effective.  This tried and true drainage solution is essentially a four inch perforated pipe set in a gravel-filled trench that collects and moves water to a safe drainage point.

Depending on your landscape, another solution may be to relocate plants that are vulnerable to rot to higher ground, and replacing with a better mix of plants that are more suited to the wet microclimate on your property.  We can also weigh the pros and cons of building elevated flower beds.

For more severe cases of poor drainage, we may recommend more extensive drainage solutions.  But rest assured, we treat our clients’ wallets like our own, and we will propose the most cost-efficient yet effective method possible tailored specifically to your landscape.  And once approved, any solution we recommend will be efficiently implemented by our team members.   

If you have water drainage issues and would like a professional assessment, contact Handy Andy Outdoors today by emailing or by phone at (770) 458-8505.