Have you ever felt like you were wading across a river following a rainstorm or tending your yard after sleeping on your lawn? This is due to water runoff where the ground does not absorb some of the water. Not only does water runoff drown your garden and waste water, it can also pick up pollutants like pesticides, fertilizers, debris, trash, petroleum, and animal waste. Ultimately, these pollutants end up in local streams, rivers, lakes, creeks, ponds, and oceans. You can use these three methods to avoid or slow drainage of water in your yard.