Keep Your Yard From Flooding
This time of year in the Pacific Northwest rain is common and expected to happen for a few months. But have you prepared your yard for it? Rain can damage your lawn, but here are five ways you can redirect the water to keep your yard from flooding.
- Clean out house gutters and make sure they run freely. Gutters that overflow are often the source of unwanted water. If you have underground pipes that drain runoff away from the house, make sure they are in working order.
- Add extensions to your downspouts to redirect water to a downward-sloping area of the yard.
- Fill low spots with topsoil to moderate differences in grade. The water will flow more evenly across the yard.
- Increase the elevation between the water source and the low spot to divert water around the low spot. Use topsoil and plant the berm with grass sod to prevent erosion.
- Cut a narrow channel through a high spot that keeps water from draining out of a low area. Use large rocks — about the size of small bowling balls — to keep the channel open. As an alternative, use a clay or iron drainage pipe.