As longtime New Jersey residents, we’ve heard most of the jokes about the Garden State – including the one about the mosquito being the state bird. And while those jokes may give us a chuckle from time to time, the fact is, the state does seem to have more than its share of mosquitoes, and that can pose a significant health risk.
If you have drainage problems in your yard, you may be creating a haven for the little biters. Mosquitoes can lay thousands of eggs in even a small puddle – there are reports of dozens of mosquitoes hatching from just one water-filled hoof print in a muddy cattle field. Plus, even without mosquitoes, who can enjoy a yard that has drainage issues?
The spring on the East Coast is typically wet – and that makes it an ideal time to determine if your yard is draining correctly – and to identify where improvements need to be made.
At Garden Irrigation, we specialize in comprehensive site assessments to help pinpoint drainage problems and design effective solutions that can keep your yard free of standing water (and the breeding mosquitoes it attracts).
But what does a site assessment or analysis entail? To some degree, that can depend on the site and the issues you’re experiencing. In most cases, a site assessment looks at the following issues and evaluates them:
- Grading problems: Is the site properly sloped for good drainage? Are there depressed areas where rainwater may become trapped, making it difficult to drain properly?
- Soil conditions: Is the soil hard and compacted, preventing rainwater from soaking in? Is the soil clayey?
- Poorly placed downspouts: Are downspouts draining into a depressed area of the yard?
- Surrounding area: Is the yard located near a stream or marshy area, making natural drainage problematic? Swampy areas may also indicate a high water table. In areas where lots are small, a neighbor’s downspouts or even the slope of the yard next door could be causing drainage problems in your lawn.
- Water damming: Are flowerbeds, pathways, patios or other features preventing the flow of water and causing puddles to form?
- Any other issues affecting the flow of water that are identified during the site visit.
Once the site has been evaluated, the next step is to make a master plan. This plan includes a schematic that indicates how and where the water is flowing, as well as identifying issues that may be causing drainage problems. It also helps identify the ideal placement of drains, as well as the type and size of drains needed to restore the lawn to its healthiest state and eliminate standing water issues.
Of course, it helps if you keep a record of any drainage issues you note, like standing puddles, areas that take a long time to dry after a rainstorm, soggy areas in your lawn, fungal problems in grass or plants, or areas where grass or other plants have trouble growing. Providing the site evaluator with your own observations can help provide a more thorough understanding of the issues you’re facing now as well as ones you’ve experienced in the past.
At Garden Irrigation, we offer only the highest-quality drainage systems and materials so our clients can feel confident the work we perform will be effective and reliable. If you have drainage issues in your yard, we can help! Give us a call today at 1-800-WET LAWN and schedule a consultation so we can help you give “New Jersey’s state bird” the boot.