If you’ve ever had a clogged toilet or sink, you know the importance of proper drainage, and the same holds true for your lawn. Having standing water causes multiple issues: it attracts mosquitoes and other bugs, kills grass and plants and it has the potential of weakening the foundation of your home. And whether you realize it or not, drainage problems in your yard can often be an indication of a much more serious issue. Regrading your lawn, however, can very well remedy the problem.
The Goal of Regrading your Lawn
With proper grading, or regrading, of your lawn, you’ll move water away from your home, which prevents flooding and many other foundational issues caused by the intrusion of water.
The goal of regrading your yard is moving the water or storm runoff from its current pattern of traveling toward your home and its foundation to a dedicated location where water is collected or absorbed. In some cases, regrading is also used to rid the yard of un-leveled areas that create standing pools of water.
Does Regrading Require Replanting?
Depending on the severity of the issue and the size of the area that needs work, regrading your yard doesn’t always require moving and replanting existing plants or fully reworking the ground and renewing existing turf. If it’s easier, address small areas at a time and work around plants. If established turf is present in the uneven areas, mow the area to expose more of the ground underneath. Next, use a hard rake and gently pull and push the soil until it filters in between the turf and starts to build up the level of the ground. As the height of the soil increases, it finally reaches the same height as the surrounding area, creating a level yard that does not collect water or cause drainage issues that put your home at risk. Naturally, the larger the area, the more soil the project requires. Deeper ruts are best addressed using a mixture of native soil and topsoil, with a thin layer of compost spread over top of them.
When to Regrade?
There’s no hard and fast rule about when you should regrade your lawn and how often. It depends on how serious the problem is, where it’s located and other factors affecting it like erosion. If it’s an issue that happens every few years as rain and wind wear the level of the soil away and re-creates those areas of improper drainage, for example, regrading your lawn again to prevent the problem from getting out of hand will naturally be a necessity.
Regrade to Make the Grade
When it comes to resale and insurance inspections, lawn grading is an essential factor that many people never consider. No new buyers want to invest in buying a home that is vulnerable to water intrusion because of improper drainage, and home inspectors consider those waterlogged areas around the foundation of a home as a risk.
At Executive Landscaping, Inc., we know the importance of hiring a professional that can target your yard’s issues and create a lawn that drains properly. We’ll walk the property with you and help identify any problem areas and discuss the best course of action for regarding your lawn. We have decades of experience in working with clients all across the Gulf Coast and helping them achieve beautiful masterpieces on a budget, and that expertise shows in the quality of our work.
Call the landscaping experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc. to learn more about regrading your lawn and the many other landscaping services we offer today!