We all love the burst of life that spring rains bring with them. Flowers, trees, and vegetables start coming to life with all the moisture. But if you are not prepared for a heavy rainstorm this spring, your yard (and pocketbook) may have to pay for it in the long run.

Drainage issues can be serious when left alone. When you first notice a problem with the drainage in your yard, you should take steps to find the source and develop a solution. You will save money and many headaches the sooner you work to fix drainage problems and prevent future ones from occurring.

The Signs of Yard Drainage Issues

The biggest sign that your yard has a drainage issue is standing water. If water sits around on the surface long after rains have passed through, something is not allowing it to soak in.

What Can Cause Drainage Problems?

One significant cause of drainage problems is a lawn developed with an improper slope or pitch. Most lawns feature gentle slopes to carry water away from the house and other structures such as your garage and outbuildings. The soil might also be the issue. Certain soil types, especially clay, are more prone to compaction and water pooling up. Soil runoff is another cause of drainage issues. If the topsoil erodes to a specific location, the water will tend to accumulate there. Another leading cause of water problems is a lack of gutters or downspout placement. If the direction or length of the spout is incorrect, water could make its way towards your foundation or landscaping.

Drainage Solutions

Some preventative measures work better for different situations. If you carefully consider the needs of your lawn, you can pick out the best solution to reduce all your pesky drainage problems.

French Drains

French drains are a very popular method to remedy current and prevent future drainage problems. They involve digging a trench, installing pipe and rock surrounding to direct water to the best location on your property. They can also lead to catching basins as well.

digging drainage trench in Tulsa yard

Dry Creek Bed

A dry creek bed is exactly what the name entails. An area is dug and rock of varying sizes is installed encouraging excess water to run off into these areas.

Rain Gardens

Soggy, low areas of your yard are the perfect match for correcting drainage problems. A rain garden helps drain away excess water with the help of specific plant types that thrive in wet conditions but also help filter contaminants such as fertilizer, chemicals, etc.


Sometimes the best way to prevent a drainage problem is to make your gutter system work harder. A long downspout can move water to a spot where it can efficiently drain.

There are several methods to improve yard and landscape drainage, since every property’s terrain is unique, each situation usually requires a proper assessment of the area before comprising a solution.