Does your lawn have a tendency to sink after it rains? When this occurs, it can threaten the integrity of plants, trees and even nearby structures, including your home and the foundation on which it was built.
So, what can you do to protect your lawn and property from this destructive phenomenon?
Causes of a Sinking Lawn
Let’s first discuss some of the common causes of a sinking lawn. As stated above, one of the most common reasons why this phenomenon occurs is saturation from excess rainfall.
When a lawn has poor or nonexistent runoff, rainwater will collect on the surface, slowly absorbing into the ground below while turning the soil into a mush-like consistency that’s prone to sinking.
Another common reason why lawns sink involves the use of low-quality building materials. Some contractors and home builders, for instance, may cut corners by using low-grade materials, burying them under the surface.
Over time, these materials may rot and decay, causing the lawn to sink as a result. This is why it’s important that homeowners use caution when hiring contractors, checking their credentials to ensure they are qualified for the job.
How to Fix a Sinking Lawn
The good news is that you can typically fix most minor cases of a sinking lawn. One of the easiest solutions for a sinking lawn is to simply add top soil over the surface, allowing it to balance itself out.
As the lawn sinks, the excess soil will seep down, hopefully creating a level, or at least close-to-level, ground.
Depending on where exactly the sinking is occurring, you may be able to fill it with either soil or a combination of soil and rocks.
Some landscapers recommend the latter because it’s less susceptible to moisture, helping the ground retain its shape and consistency through good weather and bad.
Hopefully, this will give you a better idea on how to deal with a sinking lawn.
Some homeowners may turn their heads at the thought of a sinking lawn causing them any real damage, but it can affect both natural and man-made structures, which is why it’s important to fix this problem in a timely manner.
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