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Landscaping Tips: How To Battle a Muddy Mess of a Back Yard

Posted on: March 3, 2016

muddy back yard

In Maryland, we’re blessed with excellent, rich soil. As such, we get the opportunity to welcome a very wide and diverse array of plant life into our homes and landscapes. Unfortunately, this can occasionally work against us, as Maryland-native soil has a tendency to soak up moisture, leaving your home a boggy, muddy mess. Soon, you could find yourself growing mushrooms just as soon as you would a Marigold.

Don’t allow a muddy yard to destroy your garden dreams! With some simple landscaping tips from the experts at Four Seasons Landscaping, we can have you controlling the moisture around your home, rather than being controlled!

Landscaping Tips for Muddy Yards

The first order of business is to let us know whether we’re dealing with a one-off mud-fest, or if this is a persistent issue for your home. Which answer you provide has a dramatic impact on your solutions, though it’s likely if you have a muddy yard, it’s a consistent source of stress.

Solving Mud Problems Permanently

Chronic muddy yards are often the result of a few specific issues. Many homeowners that experience the issue live on a slope, or have a slope within the yard. Others may have naturally clay-like soil (particularly those of us in Southern Maryland, where the soil is often clay-laden). So how do we solve this? Well:

  • Build solutions with pavers. Beyond attempting to grow on habitually muddy land, simply traversing it can be difficult. This can be easily solved with the creation of paver stone walkways. This landscaping tip is particularly nice because it gives you an opportunity to do something new with your yard! A walkway presents an entirely new canvas, on which you can plan and build up a gorgeous landscape.
  • Seek turf for relief. If you’re looking for the “less fuss” option, consider installing artificial turf. Modern day turf can be just as gorgeous as natural grass, and is built to drain moisture effectively, shedding water with ease.
  • French drain. A french drain is a simple yet elegant solution for diverting water away from your landscape. Essentially, this landscaping tip involves setting up a drain line underground, covered with stone such as gravel. Water will naturally flow through the stone much more quickly than the surrounding soil, and carry it safely away from your yard, avoiding the mud issue entirely!
  • Dry wells.  Similar to a french drain, a dry well is sunk into your landscape to aid in draining water effectively and evenly, avoiding muddy buildup. These can be virtually invisible, or you can get creative!
  • Rain gardens. Plants are more diverse than anything on this planet, and we can take advantage of this fact! A rain garden uses plants that are resistant to, or outright prefer pooling water, soaking it up and growing strong despite the adverse conditions. This leaves you with a gorgeous, unique garden instead of a mud-caked nightmare!

Preserve Your Dream Garden with Four Seasons in Montgomery County

If one of these solutions appeals to you, the experts at Four Seasons are more than happy to help. If you didn’t find the answers you wanted to read, contact our specialists today! We can help you protect your landscape, and we guarantee a solution that suits your needs. Keep up with our blog for more landscaping tips in the future!


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