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Achieve Proper Lawn Drainage and Say Goodbye to the Frogs

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

Do spring showers seem to turn your yard into a marsh every year? Do you notice your neighbors mowing their lawn several days after a rain, but you hear frogs and sink up to your ankles when you step out the door? Perhaps it's time to adjust the drainage of your lawn.

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Proper Lawn Drainage

Your lawn should drain properly if you have a soil type that readily accepts moisture, decent slope away from your home, and a place for the water to go. You can get by if you are lacking in one of these areas, but if you are missing more than one you may start hearing frogs.

You might not be able to do much about your soil type short of bringing in additional top soil. A Fairfax County, Virginia Web article offers good information about different soil types. If your yard doesn't have enough slope, you can either raise the grade at the house or lower the grade at the yard's furthest point from the home.

In some cases, soil and slope cannot be adjusted. Keep 6 to 8 inches of your foundation exposed below your siding to prevent problems from insects, and if your yard connects to neighbors' yards, they may not want you lowering or affecting their own property.

The answer might be to install a drainage device that gives the water a place to go after a rain. There are several you can choose from:

  • French drain
  • Grassy swale
  • Berms
  • Dry well

The Clark County Extension of Washington State University offers excellent drawings of these lawn drainage options. Let the frogs find another marsh; make this the year you finally have proper lawn drainage.

About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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