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How to Improve Lawn Drainage Without Causing Turf Damage


If your lawn stays soggy after a rain, you might be dreading big lawn drainage solutions like regrading your yard, building a retaining wall or installing a French drain.

Visions of bulldozers dancing in your head? None of that sounds fun, right?

Lawn drainage issues often happen when your soil is densely packed and water can’t seep down into the soil. When it has nowhere else to go, it stays put, which is why you’ve noticed a sudden influx of ducks at your house, and kids with fishing poles.

How to improve lawn drainage without tearing up your whole lawn? Not quite ready to sell the house and build an ark?

Hold the bulldozers. Try an easier option first:

Does Aeration Help with Drainage?

Your lawn might not be draining well because the soil is compacted.

Aeration can help.

lawn care technician holding aeration cores in a lawn

Lawn aeration uses a machine to pull out plugs of soil, creating spaces so that water can penetrate, instead of collecting on top of hard, impenetrable soil.

Aeration has great benefits beyond lawn drainage, too.

When your soil becomes compacted, your lawn can't breathe. Its roots can't take in water or nutrients. Your poor lawn is starving and super thirsty.

Aeration helps your lawn get the water, air and nutrients it needs to thrive. That leads to healthier roots. Healthier roots make for a healthier, thicker lawn, better able to resist pests and diseases and tolerate summer’s heat and drought.

How to Improve Lawn Drainage? Soil Amendments

Amending your soil with a top dressing of organic materials like sand, loam, and compost that water can more easily pass through can give lawn drainage a great boost.

lawn care technician aerating a lawn with landscaping company truck in background

Topdressing and aeration actually make a great team, working together to improve lawn drainage. All those little holes from aeration help the topdressing materials nestle nicely down into the soil, loosening it up so water can drain.

Be Proactive to Avoid Problems

When you have lawn care experts regularly tending to your lawn, they can spot and diagnose problems like poor lawn drainage before you even notice anything’s wrong.

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When our lawn care technicians are out there spreading seed, or applying fertilizer, or treating weeds, they’re looking at your lawn’s total health. They might notice signs of poor drainage, insect issues or lawn diseases.

Our technicians are trained professionals, so they catch things early — before they turn into worrisome and expensive problems. Hopefully, no bulldozers needed.

Need Lawn Drainage Solutions? Trust RainMaster

We see you crossing your fingers, but not sure if aeration is enough to solve your lawn drainage issue?

Ask us. We’re happy to take a look and suggest the right course of action to get your lawn in shape, even if that means hiring a landscaper for a more extreme measure than what we typically provide. But simpler measures might just do the trick -- and boost your lawn’s health in a bunch of other ways at the same time.

lawn care technician reviewing turf options with customers

Aeration is just part of a custom lawn care plan, where grass will be nourished, invaders like insects and weeds are addressed, and your grass becomes more thick and healthy.

At RainMaster, you choose from three different levels of lawn care programs, based on the results you’d like, how fast you want to see results, and your budget.

  • Luscious Lawn is a high-end, proactive program that will promote amazing lawn care results. This is the program to choose for the quickest and best results, particularly if your lawn needs a lot of help.
  • Terrific Turf, a mid-level option, is our most popular program to grow a thick, green lawn and deal with most challenges.
  • Healthy Habitat is a basic plan that includes the elements you need for a better lawn.

When you’re ready to put your trust in us, we can’t wait to meet you — and help you make the best choices for your Eau Claire, WI or Blaine, MN lawn.

Are you ready for a vibrant, green lawn that not only looks great, but is healthy, right down to the roots? Request a quote today! We’ll review your options together so you can make a great choice. Then, you can finally enjoy your lawn and stop worrying about it.

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