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    Water Drainage Problems

    If you are a home owner or land owner, you may already know how drainage problems can impact your property. Read more to find out how to identify drainage problems and potential ways to fix it before it does too much damage.

    Lawn Soil Drainage Problems

    Lawns vary from area to area, parts may be dry and sand-like while others are nearly mud. This is possibly due to how your soil drains. Sandy areas let water seep right through, where areas with more clay form puddles. Ideally, soil with good drainage provides moisture and air to the roots of your grass and plants. With a simple test, you can figure out the what kind of drainage problems exist in your lawn.

    Evaluate the Soil

    Dig a few holes approximately 4 to 8 inches deep in your lawn's problem areas. As you dig, examine the quality of your soil. If it is a mix of clumpy and powdery, you have ideal soil. In dry spots, look for rocks, trash, wood, or other debris. Now, fill the holes with water to test the drainage. Holes that drain in less than 4 hours indicate good soil drainage. Drainage that takes 12 - 24 hours, indicates a problem. If you are still unsure of you soils condition after this test, you can try soil test available at your local garden center.

    How to Improve Your Soil

    There are several ways you can improve your soil's drainage. For lawns that don't drain well, aerating with a big machine that punches plugs out of your lawn will help. Add organic materials, such as sphagnum and manure soften up clay soils and help sandy soils retain moisture over time.

    You will need expert help if your lawn has a big, widespread area that won't dry out, to create special layouts and drainpipes. Be sure to try the solutions mentioned above first, then call in the experts when they don't work.

    Other Supplies You May Need to Help with Water Drainage Problems

    • Aerator
    • Soil