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7-18-13 irrigationTo properly maintain a Dallas-area yard, it is imperative that your irrigation and drainage is working as they should. Controlling the amount of water in your yard is essential to a lush, thriving outdoor space and water accumulation can destroy your grass just as easily as not having enough water can. Given that, there are few things to keep in mind about proper lawn drainage. Here are a few tips to make sure your yard is in the best condition possible.

Amount

It’s important to remember not to water your lawn too often because it can have damaging effects. Too much water can overload your drainage system, even if it’s been properly installed. The amount of water your lawn needs depends on a number of factors including the type of soil in your area, as well as the type of grass you have. Remember, in Dallas and neighboring communities many water restrictions are in place to promote conservation, so check with your city municipalities to find out about any water regulations you should observe.

Slope           

The amount of slope your yard has also plays a critical role in whether or not your yard will drain properly. It will fare better if it isn’t too flat. And ideally, your yard doesn’t slope back towards your house as that can cause numerous problems including foundation issues. If your yard slopes toward your home it’s not a bad idea to invest in having it graded properly.

Soil

The type of soil in your yard will also a play a significant role in how well your yard will drain. Various soil types will drain differently so you’ll need to know what type of soil you have and how easily it allows water to move through it. If you have sandy soil it might allow too much drainage. If this is the case consider, mixing in clay to help retain some of the water.

Aeration

Lawn drainage can also be improved by aerating it. Aerating your lawn creates air pockets, and it also helps to break up chunks of soil. Clay soils and lawns that get heavy foot and vehicle traffic may need aeration because they can become compacted over time. To find out if your lawn needs aeration, use a shovel to dig a square-foot section of grass about six inches deep to examine. If the grass roots aren’t further than about two inches deep into the soil, your lawn could benefit from aeration. Be sure not to aerate a lawn that has been seeded or sodded within one year of planting.

Drain

To deal with ongoing drainage issues you may want to consider having a permanent drainage system installed. A drain can be installed at your yards lowest point so that water will be re-routed to that area and as a result it won’t accumulate.

If you suspect your yard is not thriving due to drainage issues, contact the Dallas landscape experts at Scapes Incorporated for a complete assessment and recommendations on how you can get the most from your outdoor space.

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