How to Get Rid of Standing Water on the Lawn

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Standing water on the lawn occurs when you have soil with heavy clay content, a low-lying area or soil low in organic material. Poor soil that accumulates water on the surface can cause the roots of any nearby plants to drown and rot. It can also lead to water damage to the foundations of any structures nearby. Mosquitoes also breed in standing water. Adding soil is not an effective way to remove standing water. You must install a simple drainage system.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Sharp knife
  • 4-inch perforated, flexible drain pipe
  • Mesh screen
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Gravel
  • Dig a trench from the area of your lawn with the standing water to the lowest part of your yard, preferably a drainage ditch. Make the trench 5 inches wide. At the starting point in the trouble area, make the trench 6 inches deep. Increase the depth, or fall, by 6 inches for every 100 feet of trench.

  • Cut the perforated drain pipe so it is the same length as your trench using a sharp knife. Cut a sheet of mesh screen into two circles that are 6 inches in diameter.

  • Place the mesh circles over the ends of the pipe. Secure them with duct tape. This will keep debris from entering the pipe. Lay the pipe into the bottom of the trench, with the perforations facing upwards.

  • Cover the pipe with 1 inch of gravel to keep the soil out of the perforations. Fill in the rest of the trench with soil.

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