When snow and ice melts but the frozen ground has not yet thawed, the standing water has no place to go in your yard. It collects and pools, creating a mess of murky mud and water that goes over the tops of your shoes. However, it does not have to. There are several yard drainage options that can help drain excess water off of your yard. 

Flood Pumps

Special landscaping and household pumps can dip into the pools of water and eject the water through hoses that empty into the street gutters. You place one end of the hose or pipe from the pump into the massive puddle, turn on the machine, and the water is sucked up and pushed back out the other pipe or hose connected to the pump. Depending on the size of the puddles in your yard, you could remove the standing water within a matter of minutes.

French Drains

French drains can be constructed underneath the areas of your landscaping that are prone to pools of water. These pipes have several holes cut into the their top halves and are buried under a layer of fine gravel. As the water slowly seeps through a layer of mud and grass and into the gravel, it gradually gets pulled down into the holes in the pipes. Then the water travels the length of these buried pipe drains to an exit, often located on the surface of the street curb.

Banking Earth and Trenches

Another way to dispel excess water from your yard is to use banked earth and/or trenches. This method drops large amounts of earth in your yard, and your landscaper creates mounds and banks with this earth so that the water running off of these carefully constructed mounds and banks runs off of and away from your yard. Likewise, a trench method works just as well, but works better for yards that are already banked and have low places where water collects. Then the trenches help funnel the water away from these areas and, preferably, downhill.

Using These Methods

The more complex methods of French drains and banking earth/trenches may require the help of both a landscaper and a plumber, while the flood pump is something you could definitely try on your own. If you want longer lasting results, the more complex methods of yard drainage are better because they address the excess water automatically. Consult with landscapers and plumbers alike to see what the best long-term option is for your yard.