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Landscaping Design And Update Tips For Low Lawns

by Dan Mckinney

Is your lawn lower than the surrounding ground? If so, you may have some challenges with your landscaping design. You may find that water tends to pool in your lawn, saturating the soil. Or, you may find that some trees don't grow well because the wet soil drowns their roots. There are ways to combat these landscaping challenges. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Install a Retaining Wall

One way to keep your yard a bit dryer is to install a retaining wall. This is basically a stone or concrete wall that is placed up against a slope. If there is a hill sloping towards your property, putting a retaining wall on the border of your property can stop a lot of the water that runs off that hill. 

There are ways to make a retaining wall look like more of a part of your landscape and less of a structural element. Try setting some baskets of flowers along the top of it, or converting it to a bench.

Choose Plants That Like Wet Conditions

If your plants tend to die due to the overly moist conditions, let them perish. As they do, replace them with plants that are more tolerant of excessively wet soil. Some options to consider are swamp milkweed, creeping Jenny, and corkscrew rush. The same goes for trees. Consider replacing your trees with water-loving species like birch and weeping willow.

Aerate the Lawn

At least once a year, have a landscaping team come aerate your lawn. This basically means they will punch lots of little holes in the surface of the soil. The holes will allow the soil to absorb more of the water so less of it sits on the surface. Aeration is also good for your grass as it allows more oxygen to flow to the roots; they need this when the soil is often saturated.

Add Fill

Raising up the whole lawn is a huge project, but you can usually get away without doing so. All you really need to do, in most cases, is have a landscaping team come add fill to the lowest spots. This can lead to a better distribution of water throughout your yard so that no one spot becomes too wet and saturated. 

With the strategies above, you can take better care of a low lawn. Before long, your plants will be thriving and the whole space will look better.

Reach out to a residential property landscape design installation contractor to learn more.