Rainstorms can bring a lot of rain in a short period of time. Some lawns just aren't made well for this kind of rain collection. If you notice puddles of water lingering on your lawn after a storm, it's possible that they could be pointing to larger issues. Pooling water can be the result of poor drainage and poor grading. When puddles sit and oversaturate your lawn, this can quickly cause damage to your grass. These issues can worsen if a solution isn't put in place. The good news is, there are several ways you can resolve the drainage issues plaguing your lawn. These include re-grading, installing a storm basin, and installing a dry creek bed.

Lawn puddles might be the result of poor drainage and/or poor grading.

Lawn puddle in Downingtown, PA.

Before you get too concerned, it's important to know that it is completely normal for your yard to take 1-2 days to dry out after a storm. However, anything outside of this time frame could be a sign of larger issues.

There are 2 main factors that could contribute to puddles in your lawn. They are:

  • Poor grading - Grading has to do with the direction that your lawn slopes. Proper grading means that rainwater is directed away from the foundation of your home. If you notice that water runs toward and collects near your home, this means that the slope of your lawn needs to be addressed and fixed. Ignoring this problem could lead to water leaking through your foundation, causing much larger and pricier problems.
  • Poor drainage - If there are random puddles of water throughout your lawn, this could be pointing to a drainage issue. If these puddles don't seem to budge after two days, consider improving the drainage on your property.

What to Do if You Have Puddles on Your Lawn

Dry creek bed next to plants and a boulder in Exton, PA.

  • Correct grading. Have a professional company such as ours come out and inspect the issue to make sure your property is graded correctly. Grading will level out your lawn so that it slopes at the right angle for excess water flow. This will save you a lot of time and money down the line.
  • Install a storm basin. If you have a hill or incline above or near your home, you may have a water problem that you can't avoid. Installing a storm basin will help immensely. Locating the problem areas will help you divert the water to a catch basin, which will eliminate puddling issues and combat soil erosion.
  • Install a dry creek bed. On properties that appear level but still trap water, you can install a dry creek bed. This process involves the use of rocks to create a drainage system. A trench is dug out along the natural slope of your property and lined with rocks of different shapes and sizes. The water will be able to flow down the rocks and away from your yard, which eliminates flooding.

Lawn puddles should never be ignored! There are grading and drainage solutions to fit the individual needs of every property.

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Don't let your lawn continue to suffer after a storm. Puddles can wreak havoc on your grass if they are ignored. At Countywide Landscape, we design drainage and stormwater solutions for residential, commercial, and HOA properties. Our services are available in West Chester, Downingtown, Exton, and nearby cities in Pennsylvania. Call our team today at (610) 285-9727 to schedule a consultation.