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How to Solve Yard Drainage Issues

I'm Kevin Runyon

…and I’ve been the owner of Custom Creations for over 20 years.

I work with clients around Southwest Missouri to create their outdoor vision, while taking into consideration natural limitations like water flow, topography, and long-term functionality.

People ask why I haven’t expanded my business to run multiple crews, and the answer is simple. I expect perfection on every project. By personally managing and working at every job site, I know each client will get the outcome they desire.

I encourage you to set up a consultation to see what we can do for your outdoor space. Unique ideas welcome!

Every homeowner treasures the comfort of a well-maintained home. However, water-related issues such as yard flooding and water seepage through foundation walls can pose severe threats to this comfort. These problems not only disrupt the overall aesthetic appeal of your yard but also compromise the structural integrity of your home. 

Understanding Home Water Issues

Water issues in a home setting are often multi-faceted. The obvious ones that homeowners face include yard flooding and seepage in the basement. These problems have distinct yet often intertwined causes and effects.

Yard Flooding and Muddy Yards

Ducks sitting in a flooded yard

Yard flooding, one of the most common landscaping challenges, results from poor yard drainage. It manifests as standing water in the yard, particularly after a heavy downpour. This flooding leads to a slew of problems, such as a soggy muddy yard that breeds mosquitos.

Water Seepage

Basement water seepage through the floor or walls is another prevalent issue in many homes. This problem arises from groundwater pressure or flaws in the home’s construction. Water seepage through walls and foundation might seem like a minor inconvenience, but it can lead to significant structural issues, mold growth, and even electrical hazards if not addressed promptly.

In the next sections, we will delve into how landscaping solutions, specifically dirtwork and efficient drainage systems, can provide long-lasting relief from these common water issues in your home.

The Role of Landscaping in Solving Water Issues

When dealing with water-related problems such as yard flooding and muddy backyard fixes, dirtwork and drains are an integral part of the solution.

Dirt Work and Excavating

Skid steer moving dirt in a yard

Dirt work refers to the process of reshaping the land, often by moving soil around to create a desired elevation or gradient. Grading like this aims to encourage better water flow, mitigate erosion, and provide optimal conditions for plant growth.

In the context of water management, proper dirt work can significantly improve yard drainage. By grading the land appropriately, excess water is diverted away from your property, preventing both yard flooding and standing water in your yard. The results? A drier, healthier landscape that’s free from the common issues of a waterlogged, muddy yard.

The Power of Plants

Missouri rain garden with coneflowers

Another often overlooked but highly effective solution to common water issues is leveraging the power of plants. Certain plants, especially those with deep roots and those adapted to wet conditions, can significantly improve your yard’s water absorption capacity, hence mitigating problems like yard flooding and muddy backyards.

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are a fantastic, eco-friendly solution to tackle backyard flooding. A rain garden is a planted depression that is designed to absorb rainwater runoff from impervious areas like roofs, driveways, walkways, and compacted lawn areas. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground, alleviating water accumulation and the resultant yard flooding.

By carefully selecting and arranging plants that can tolerate both wet and dry conditions, you can create a beautiful and functional rain garden that acts as a natural yard drainage system.

Deep-Rooted Plants

Incorporating deep-rooted plants into your landscape can also significantly improve water absorption. Plants like trees and certain types of grasses have extensive root systems that can reach deep into the ground. These roots create channels that enhance soil permeability, promoting water drainage, and reducing surface water pooling.

Furthermore, these plants can absorb a good amount of water, thus helping to manage the water balance in your yard. This approach not only offers a natural solution to a muddy yard but also enhances the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space.

Efficient Drain Systems

Drain installed in yard

An efficient drainage system is another critical component in the battle against backyard flooding and water seepage in your home. By effectively controlling the flow of water, a good drainage system can prevent the accumulation of water that can lead to flooding and seepage.

There are various types of drainage systems, each designed to tackle specific drainage issues in your yard. French drains, for example, are perfect for diverting surface water, while footing drains can prevent water seepage through foundation walls. The choice of a drainage system largely depends on your landscape’s specific needs and challenges.

The process of installing a drainage system begins with a thorough assessment of your yard’s layout and the nature of the drainage problem. Kevin first determines the source of the water issue. If it’s entering your home, the weak spot needs to be identified. Most of the time, improper grading is the problem. There can be water running toward your home without you realizing it.

Sometimes the solution is as simple as adding a downspout to your gutters, or adding extensions to existing downspouts. Retaining walls can also be an option if the grade needs to be changed dramatically. Channeling water with swales or adding retention areas can help too. If water needs to be moved uphill, it’s possible to install a drain box and sump pump.

Leveraging dirtwork, effective drain systems, and smart planting can drastically improve your landscape’s drainage and mitigate common water-related issues. However, successfully implementing these solutions often requires professional expertise. In the next section, we explore the role of a professional landscaping company in solving home water issues.

How Custom Creations Can Help

Navigating through the issues of backyard flooding, yard drainage, and water seepage can be complex. It requires a deep understanding of landforms, soil types, water behavior, and even plant species. That’s why entrusting these tasks to a professional landscaping company, such as ours, can make all the difference.

We are a family-owned business with a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years. Over these two decades, we’ve gathered extensive knowledge and honed our skills in tackling various water issues in different types of properties. 

Our approach to solving water issues involves a personalized plan for each property. Our owner, Kevin, carefully assesses the layout and specific needs of your yard to provide bespoke dirt work, drainage, and plant solutions. We go beyond offering quick fixes and strive to provide long-lasting solutions, ensuring the health and beauty of your landscape.

Quality is at the forefront of our services. We meticulously choose materials and plants, and use tried-and-tested methods to deliver superior results. Whether you’re seeking a muddy backyard fix, a yard drainage solution, or protection from water seepage through your foundation, we deliver excellence every step of the way.

Our commitment to customer satisfaction sets us apart. We believe our job isn’t done until you’re fully satisfied with our work. We listen, we understand your needs, and we ensure our solutions fit your vision and address your yard’s specific water issues.

We want to warn you against hiring landscaping companies with little to no experience. While it may seem tempting to hire the lowest bidder, inexperienced landscapers can inadvertently exacerbate water issues, leading to more severe problems down the line. The importance of expertise in this field cannot be overstated.

By entrusting your landscaping needs to us, you can be confident that you’re partnering with a seasoned, reliable, and quality-driven yard drainage contractor.

Why Professional Landscaping Solutions Are Worth the Investment

Investing in professional landscaping solutions is more than just an expense; it’s a valuable investment in the longevity of your home and the preservation of its aesthetic appeal. The cost of services from professional yard drainage companies might initially seem significant, but it pales in comparison to potential repair costs associated with water damage.

Firstly, improved yard drainage protects your home’s foundation from water seepage, which if left unchecked, can cause significant structural damage that’s costly to repair. Furthermore, preventing yard flooding and turning your muddy yard into a well-drained, vibrant landscape enhances your property’s curb appeal, contributing to increased property value.

Secondly, the health of your lawn and plants is paramount. Poor drainage can lead to waterlogged soils, which are detrimental to most plant species, ruining your hard-earned garden. By investing in professional drainage solutions, you ensure the vitality of your plants and the overall aesthetic of your yard.

Lastly, the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is protected from water-related issues is priceless. A dry, well-drained yard means more enjoyable outdoor activities, a healthier living environment, and less worry about the costly repercussions of water damage.


Water issues such as yard flooding, muddy backyards, and water seepage through walls or foundation are common but manageable with the right help. Professional landscaping solutions, including strategic dirtwork, efficient drain systems, and the smart use of plants, offer robust defenses against these water issues.

While the initial investment in professional landscaping might seem daunting, it’s a worthwhile investment when you consider the long-term benefits. Not only do these solutions protect the structural integrity of your home, but they also enhance your yard’s aesthetics and functionality, leading to improved property value.

We encourage you to not let the fear of standing water in your yard or seepage in your basement become a constant worry. Reach out to us to explore how we can help transform your landscape into a dry, healthy, and enjoyable space.

Your home is your sanctuary, and with the right professional help, you can keep it safe, secure, and beautiful, free from water-related issues.

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