With the unusual amount of spring rain this year, there are a few things that you can do to keep your yard from turning into a swampy mess. Regular lawn core aeration will help with water runoff and help with the prevention of lawn compaction, thus absorbing more water. This is also beneficial to the lawn by allowing water, air and nutrients to enter the soil.
Having a proper slope that promotes water to run away from your house foundation will also help keep water from entering your basement. By having a professional contractor come and properly install underground downspouts will also help divert any water from your roof and gutters. Make sure the contractor installs the underground downspouts so the water flows downhill. Having the downspouts run to the street or a non usable area is best.
Lastly, if there are any low spots in your yard, you can simply add soil and raise these areas to divert the water elsewhere. Another option is to install a French drain to collect the water. Again, tie in an underground downspout pipe to the collection basin and run a pipe to an area where the water can flow away from your house and not be a concern.
By following these few tips on how to divert water from your property, you can help in the prevention of water pooling in your lawn, particularly in the summer, which can create a breeding ground for insects and mosquitoes.