If your home isn’t situated on a hill, there’s a good chance standing water will accumulate in your yard at some point. This an inconvenience that few people bother to think about until it actually happens.

As you plan the landscape design for your yard, it’s a smart idea to think about how you can prevent standing water over the long term. Why? Because it prevents plants and trees from growing properly, encourages insects, and damages the grass you’ve worked so hard to maintain. If you want to keep these problems at bay, here are some specific things to help prevent this problem from plaguing your property.

Trees

Many people propose planting trees that thrive in wet conditions, such as willow and birch trees. Since trees do absorb large amounts of water, this solution may be successful. However, if the standing water in your yard is too problematic, trees will not be able to thrive.

Retaining walls

A retaining wall can prove to be a great help when it comes to addressing the issue of standing water. Retaining walls redirect water that would otherwise stand on the surface of the soil, and are designed to maintain dry conditions behind the wall.

During the process of putting in a retaining wall, considerable attention will be given to the way in which water runoff will be routed. Different methods that include drains, grading, and swales are all options that your contractor will consider as your retaining wall is being built. The yard grading that will go into putting up a retaining wall will provide your yard with a better plan for draining excess rainwater.

Now — when you hear the term retaining wall, images of gray cinderblocks may come to mind. Although cinderblocks are, an option, retaining walls come in many varieties that are aesthetically pleasing and can add to the unique landscape design you have in mind.

French drains

A French drain is a system that works well for those who live in particularly low spots. If your grass is always soggy or if the water from your neighbor’s house is accumulating in your yard, this system will be helpful. A French drain involves digging a ditch and filling it with gravel. This allows the excess water to be rerouted into a more opportune location — and the drain does not have to be very large in order to get the job done. Having a contractor to complete this project for you may prove to make things easier, especially since city codes and utilities will be heavily involved. Also, failing to route the water in the right direction may result in legal issues.

Standing water is a common issue, especially in housing areas that feature flat topographies. Although many modern housing developments incorporate their own drainage basins in the yards, many people are left to cope with the issue themselves. Hiring a good contractor will allow you to explore many different options that will help ease your decision regarding how to eliminate the standing water in your yard.