Do you have drainage problems in your yard?

Actually having any standing water in your yard after a rain storm is a cause for concern. Here are some of the problems that can result from this situation:

  • Creates an eyesore
  • Can kill your grass, or other plants
  • Promotes root rot in grass and plants
  • Can ruin your landscape
  • Cause structural problems for a home or installed hardscape
  • create mold and mildew problems
  • Serve as a breeding ground for Mosquitos.

Having water puddles in your yard after a storm in most cases is due to improper grading or possibly clay soil that does not allow for water to be absorbed.

Fixing the problem may require various fixes that might include:

  • Grading of the yard again to create a proper water flow
  • Filling the low spots with more soil and sod
  • Installing a French Drain
  • Possibly another potential fix

In surveying the locations where water is accumulating, our professional technicians are able to tackle issues specific to your property. Additionally, we are familiar with local regulations about where you can direct water. In many places it’s illegal to direct storm water into storm drains, sidewalks, roads or your neighbor’s property.

Drainage solutions generally fall into the following categories:

Surface Drainage systems

  • Swales
  • Ditches
  • Dry Creek beds
  • Rain Gardens
  • Grading
  • Dirt Fill

Subsurface Drainage Systems

  • Deep Swales
  • French Drains
  • Dry Wells
  • Catch Basins
  • Buried Pipes
  • Drain Pipes
  • Sump Pumps

Roof Load Systems

  • Rain Barrels
  • Redirecting Down Spouts
  • Installing Gutters


What is a French Drain?

Many systems of drainage are given the term “French Drain” but it is basically a system of trenches designed to carry away excess storm water. The system could be an open structure with the bottom of the trench covered with crushed stone. Another system may have a catch basin and the trench filled with crushed stone, drain pipes that have holes the length of the pipe and permeable landscape fabric and the whole system buried.

The trench should be set to directly carry excess water to an area that will be able to diffuse the water away from any homes and where possible dump into a holding pond. Be sure to contact any local authorities if you plan to connect your drain to any creek, stream or other body of water. Never place your drain outlet where it will only move the drainage problem to a different area.

Can a drainage system enhance a landscape or hardscape?

Yes, a well-planned and laid out drainage system can add a great deal of beauty to a landscape or hardscape.  Adding swells and mounds to a yard can add a system of rolling gardens or green areas that are very effective in directing excessive water. The drainage trenches can be enhanced with decorative stone bases, or block walls and plants. The open trench can be made to look like an attractive stream that runs through the property. May Day outdoor Services has installed some beautiful drainage systems that increase the value of a residence or facility. In some cases the implementation of a well-designed drainage plan is able to correct water accumulation problems within a hardscape.

Take your drainage problems seriously as they can cause significant issues for your home and yard. Utilizing the services of a professional, such as May Day Outdoor Services, will properly assist and design a drainage solution for your specific situation.  Most drainage solutions rely on a combination of various methods that are combined to work together to address specific issues to your property.