Soggy Backyard? How Can You Improve Drainage?

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If you find that you're reluctant to entertain guests in your backyard or even spend much time outside for a few weeks after a rain, you may be dealing with poor drainage. Wet lawns can attract mosquitoes, ticks, and a variety of other pests, and may even cause your tree roots to rot due to constant ground water exposure. This could result in a tree crashing down on your roof (or a neighbor's) if you don't take steps to improve drainage. Read on for a couple of ways to solve your moisture problems for good, from DIY to professional.

Install a french drain

A french drain can have a number of variations (depending upon your budget, purpose, and location), but is essentially just a drainage pipe in a gravel-filled ditch that carries water runoff from one area to another. French drains can be a great solution to a lawn with several low-lying areas that tend to gather water. Installing a french drain can also be useful if the drainage immediately around your home isn't up to par -- water pooled around your foundation can erode it and cause cracks, so it's important to route this water elsewhere as quickly as you can. \

To install a french drain, you'll need some sturdy shovels or a trench-digger, along with a few pickup loads of gravel and an adequate supply of PVC pipe. You'll dig out a trench that's around 6 inches wide and 12 inches deep, placing the PVC pipe in the bottom of this trench. Depending upon the severity of your water issues, you may opt to have small holes drilled in the bottom of your PVC pipe to further improve drainage. You'll then cover the pipe with gravel. After you've ensured that the french drain works, you'll be able to cover the top layer of gravel with dirt and plant grass seed or sow sod to help camouflage its appearance.

As a bonus, the dirt you excavate during the ditch-digging process can be used to fill in low-lying areas so that they'll drain water to the edges of your yard, where the french drain is located. You'll need to invest in some grass seed and perhaps rent a small front end loader to help remove, haul, and pack down the soil.

Plant water-resistant grass and plants

If the primary issue with your wet yard isn't bugs, but your inability to grow flowers, shrubs, or vegetables, you may be able to benefit by planting water-resistant or "thirsty" flowers and grasses. These plants will help remove excess water from the soil, improving drainage and keeping ground moisture away from your home. They'll also remain green and healthy-looking (or vibrantly blooming) in wet or dry conditions.

Some plants that thrive in wet conditions include bamboo, hydrangea, and a variety of ornamental grasses. If your area receives quite a bit of annual rainfall, your local nursery likely has many water-loving plants in stock.

Invest in fill dirt and grading

If a french drain isn't enough to solve your water-retention problems, you may need to simply have your lawn regraded by a professional. A loader or small bulldozer may be used to excavate portions of your lawn, putting the excess soil elsewhere to help allow water to run off. This soil will be packed tightly after excavation, helping prevent substantial amounts of water from draining into the soil. You may want to invest in sod after having your lawn regraded to help your lawn return to normal as quickly as possible.

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12 August 2015

Exploring Contractor's Hand Tools

Welcome to my site, my name is Hugo Ciela. I'd like to talk to you about hand tools used by contractors of all kinds. Although air and power tools frequently make jobs easier, and sometimes even more enjoyable, hand tools have not lost their place in this industry. Many jobs cannot be completed without a hand tool or two due to their versatility and precision. Contractors of all types, ranging from roofers to foundation specialists, keep a plethora of hand tools in their worksite kit. I will discuss the types of hand tools you might see in those kits. I will also explore all of the different ways they can be used. Please stick around to learn more information about contractor's hand tools.