Exterior

Drainage Solutions

What happens to all the rain that falls on your lawn, into the raised beds and around your house? Poor drainage can damage your home's foundation, kill your plants and turn a beautiful lawn into a muddy mess.Just as you need a foundation to build a house on, good drainage is the foundation to your landscape. It's one of the first issues we tackle when planning a new yard and garden.

The best time to see how well your yard drains is right after a heavy rain. If you find pooling water and drenched raised beds, we can survey your site and make the proper recommendations whether it is installing a drain line or two or amore significant drainage system.

There are two main sources of water which must be considered.
The first is surface water, which comes directly from rain, ending up on the land. The second actually is from rain also, but in this case it hits the roof of the house, running into the gutters. These gutters, which can collect a large amount of rain water, connect to leader pipes usually attached to house corners. And where does this water end up? On your property as well. Water can pool on your property. Not only is this annoying, but it can be bad for plants. It can also be a breeding place for mosquitoes. Water can also seep towards your house, causing water to seep into the basement, or even the house itself. All of this water must be channeled properly.

There are various methods of doing so. The best method depends on your particular setting and land contouring. The easiest way to deal with lawn drainageproblems is to slope all land, patios, walkways, etc. away from your house.

The minimum slope that we work with is two percent, or 1/4 inch per foot. As an example, the grade at a spot four feet away from your house should be one inch lower than the grade at the house. This will assure that water will be directed away from the building. This requires re-grading if your land slopes towards your house.