Does Yard Elevation/topography Change Over Time? - Landscaping & Lawn Care - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-03-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 376
Rewards Points: 310

does yard elevation/topography change over time?

Hey all - I have a backyard that's almost flat. I'm starting to see a few areas where water pools where it never used to.

Could natural conditions occur which change the height of my backyard even by 1/2 inch or so and tip the balance, so to speak?

I use mulching blades on my riding mower, so never remove clippings. Over time, I'm going to assume they rot away and become dirt. Over a few years, that might add an inch or two - and then suddenly the flow of water around my property would change.

Secondly - once pooling of water begins, does it become exponential? What I mean is that water has weight to it. If there is a 15 foot diameter area with an inch of water it in - that weight is pushing down on that very spot, thus making that area even more prone to flooding next time. And the next time, the water is even deeper, so even more weight, etc. etc.

I noticed after a big rain recently there was a chunky strip of grass clippings that must have been pushed ahead of the water. It finally stopped in the middle of the yard, creating a dam about 2 inches high and about 20 feet wide. Water definitely pooled behind it until I broke it down. And now that spot keeps flooding...


denemante is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 90
Rewards Points: 75

Everything moves.


Tatertot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: new mexico
Posts: 351
Rewards Points: 258

redman88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
Exterior Construction
Windows on Wash's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC)
Posts: 16,310
Rewards Points: 5,554
Blog Entries: 5

Not just erosion either.

My yard pushes up new rocks ever year. That is why I cut the first couple with the already dulled blades and re-sharpen after that.
Windows on Wash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 12:24 AM   #5
Stuck in the 70's
Blondesense's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: south central Missouri
Posts: 2,196
Rewards Points: 1,086

Where are you?

Google Florida sink holes.
Blondesense is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #6
Architectural Sculptor
RWolff's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: USA, Midwest
Posts: 766
Rewards Points: 502

Terrain changes over time from erosion and deposition, that is one reason why you find old artifacts several inches to a few feet below the surface.
The wind and rain tend to erode, walking over the grass tends to compact the soil a little too.
Sculpture scholarship recipient, 2008
Asbestos information:

RWolff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
Too Short? Cut it Again!
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,634
Rewards Points: 2,000

You should update your profile so we know where you are. If in a climate where ground freezes, soil can freeze and heave over the course of the winter. You can usually fill and landscape roller half full to even out 1/2".

If the half inch is over a large diameter area? There might have been a tree trunk at one time that has decomposed and the soil has settled.

If you have a new landscape, the land may have been scraped to clear it for the developers and then topsoil brought in (or perhaps the old was redistributed) and it has settled.

Or it could just be erosion and other natural forces.
user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 04:51 PM   #8
paper hanger and painter
chrisn's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 8,011
Rewards Points: 606


chrisn is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Low Maintanance Meadow/Prairie Yard diy1618 Landscaping & Lawn Care 3 09-29-2012 12:08 AM
Fixing My Front Yard - Weeds Compacted Soil Setzer1994 Landscaping & Lawn Care 4 04-15-2012 10:57 AM
It's that time again: Change your HVAC filters Red Squirrel Off Topic 4 04-01-2012 10:03 PM
Back yard redo - Weeds out of control carquote Landscaping & Lawn Care 6 03-03-2012 08:24 PM
gas pressure line in middle of yard? BlueBSH Plumbing 2 08-01-2011 12:43 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1