Springtime is finally here – and for those of us who have just been through a long and snowy winter, there’s no feeling in the world quite like this. The birds are coming back, the warm breezes are starting to blow, and the evenings are growing longer. It really is one of the best times of the year for anyone who knows the seasons. Everything feels possible when the winter starts to break.
There’s one other big thing that happens during spring: Snowmelt. There is certainly the odd mild winter where there isn’t much snowmelt going on what springtime comes, but most years, there’s a whole lot of water created by all that melting snow. It fills the streets and sidewalks, and it’s great for splashing around in, but it creates some logistical problems as well.
Standing water in the yard is one of those problems, and countless people deal with this issue every spring in New Jersey and other states with cold winters. In most cases, standing water isn’t much, and it goes away before long. But in others, it stays around for a long time and can significantly damage the landscape – unless you’re thinking about building a pond.
It’s normal to see small puddles of standing water for a day or two as piles of snow melt – but if you’re noticing any significant amount of standing water on a regular basis during spring (or any time of year with heavy rains), you might be dealing with a landscape design problem that can easily be solved.
Retaining walls can be a highly effective method for dealing with landscape drainage issues, and preventing the structural problems that come along with standing water. Most people think of a retaining wall and picture a large structure, but it’s important to remember that retaining walls can be quite small – better described as a ‘ledge’ or ‘shelf’ in some cases. There are many landscapes in which even a small and simple retaining can make a big difference in terms of drainage.
Another added bonus is that retaining walls (when built right) can look great! The added dimension and depth that retaining walls give to a landscape can be transformative in its own right, and more homeowners are beginning to experiment with this every year. Retaining walls simply look great when they’re done by a true professional.
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The great thing about standing water problems is that they can be mitigated by altering the landscape. This may involved changing the gradation of the yard in certain places to encourage draining, or it could involve building one or more retaining walls to prevent standing water from accumulating. Some of the better asphalt and concrete installation specialists are also experts in masonry and retaining walls, and have gained a lot of experience in helping homeowners build effective solutions for this problem. If you choose to hire a pro to perform masonry or construction work to mitigate your standing water problem, make sure it’s a reputable professional with a good track record.