07 Jul

How To Get Rid Of That Muddy Yard

If you happen to have muddy spots in your yard, you are going to have a big problem maintaining your lawn. It is going to ruin the lawn if you don’t act correctly. In addition to this, it can cause an increased risk of slipping on the muddy patches. If you have a pet like a dog, that loves to go outside to play, you are also given the chance of having muddy paw prints in your home, not to mention the footprints of your children. Typically, the mud in your backyard is caused when there are issues with the proper drainage of water from the yard. This happens when there is a depression in the level of the yard.
Never Work with Wet Mud
Depending on how bad the problem is, fixing the mud in your lawn or in your driveway can be done with minimum effort, or with a lot of digging involved. First, you need to wait for the mud to dry. You can’t get any work done with the mud oozing all over the place. After you’ve done all the work, it might be a good idea to get one of those new plastic grid systems for driveways as they do help keep the ground stable. Never work with the mud still wet, as it can cause the quality of the soil in the yard to become worse. Of course, you shouldn’t wait until the ground is as hard as rock either.
Enhance Water Absorption by Tilling
Next, you should till the soil. This would be impossible if you had plastic grid systems for driveways but you can do it on any natural soil. You can also add things like mulch or compost to help absorb the water from the mud. You till the soil first because most of the time, muddy ground is packed to prevent water from leaving it. By tilling, you increase the area over which water can be drawn out of the mud, leaving nothing but moist earth behind. If the soil has a high clay content, it might also help to cover the muddy parts up with a little layer of sand or topsoil from another location. This will help in absorption.
After everything is dry, or as close to dry as it can get, rent a leveler or a yard roller. Cover the yard and the driveway up with topsoil and fill in all the depressions in the level of the yard. If you can, try to incorporate a slight slope away from your house in the yard and driveway. This will help prevent water from entering and destroying the integrity of your foundations.