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Standing Water In Rockville MD Yard

East Coast Landscape Design has been in the business of creating breathtaking designs that turn ordinary lawns into jaw dropping showplaces and solving drainage and other complex issues since 1979. Locally owned by Mark Simpson, we’ve built our reputation by going above and beyond for every client we serve.

Over the years, we’ve fielded thousands of client questions, many of them centered around drainage issues. We wanted to publish a few of them here, along with their answers, in case you’ve got questions of your own, but weren’t sure who to ask.

Q: I’ve got standing water in Rockville, MD yard. It never seems to dry out. What can I do?

A: Standing water is a more common problem than you might think, and one way or another, it comes down to being a drainage issue. If your property has a French Drain that diverts water into a swale or dry well, it’s possible that the drain has become clogged. It’s also possible that you’ve done some landscaping that has subtly change the grading of your property. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know for sure without coming out and surveying your property as part of a complete assessment.

Q: How big of a problem is standing water anyway? Can’t I just ignore it?

A: The answer to the first question depends on exactly where it is. If you’ve got standing water in your Rockville MD, yard, and it’s quite close to your home, then it could cause extreme damage to your foundation. If it’s a safe distance from your house, it’s not an immediate threat, but is still problematic in that it creates a breeding ground for mosquitos, and prevents you from making full use of the property you paid for.

Q: I think my problem is that the soil on my property has a lot of clay in it. What can I do to fix that?

A: First, don’t guess. It’s always best to proceed from a position of certainty, so if you think that the root cause of standing water in Rockville, MD yard is a high concentration of clay in your soil, have a test performed to verify. If that turns out to be true, the best way to deal with the issue is to create a water diversion system (like a French Drain) because the soil just isn’t capable of absorbing a lot of water on its own.

In the longer term, you can select plant species that thrive in clay soil, and these will, over the course of many years, change your soil’s composition, but that’s a very long-term solution, and you’ll need something to address the issue in the meantime.

Didn’t see your question here? No problem, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist, and if you have a persistent standing water issue in your Rockville, MD yard, we can help you get to the bottom of that too, which will help you protect your investment!

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