What Is a French Drain?

Drainage is a vital component to protecting your property and your home. When excess water accumulates on your property, it can ruin landscaping and impact the foundation of your home. Drainage solutions divert excess water to storm drains or retention ponds and protect your property. One option is a French drain, discreetly removing excess water from your yard.

How a French Drain Works

French drains are a system of trenches and pipes that are installed underground to collect excess water and direct it to drain at an appropriate spot. A common configuration is a trench that is lined with rocks, used to collect surface water from your yard. At the bottom of the trench is perforated piping that travels underground to the designated drainage spot. As water collects in the trench, it enters the piping that slopes to the drainage point, maintaining proper soil water levels.

French drains are perfect for yards that tend to get soggy or have surface water during the wet season. They can also be used to help divert water away from foundations and basements; a home with a leaky basement may benefit from using a French drain to remove storm drain run-off and other water from around the home.

Installation of French drains requires planning. The trench must be low enough to attract water run off and the underground pipes must slope gradually to use gravity to move water to the drainage point. It is recommended to have a French drain installed by a drainage expert, usually a landscaping service.

If you have a yard with excess water, French drains can be an effective and inexpensive option to protect your property. Contact a local landscaper that offers drainage solutions to determine if a French drain is right for your property.

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

5 Reasons to Invest in Drainage Solutions

When water doesn’t drain correctly on your property, it can do more than create a soggy lawn. There are consequences of poor drainage that can impact many aspects of your home and property. If you have pooling water or run-off on your land, investing in a drainage solution is a wise choice to protect your property. Here are five reasons to invest in a drainage option for water control.

  1. One of the worst consequences of poor drainage is erosion. If you live on a hill or slope, the erosion can be devastating when water goes wherever it chooses, stripping top soil and eroding hillsides, which can put structures at risk.
  2. Landscaping problems. Too much water in your yard can ruin your landscaping efforts. Plants need water, but too much will drown many types of plants.
  3. Basement leaks. Poor drainage around your home can become a basement leak problem. Waterproofing your basement is one option, but you should also be finding better drainage to keep water away from your home.
  4. Foundation problems. Erosion and water damage can hurt your foundation, causing settling and other problems. This is a very expensive issue that can often be avoided with better drainage, protecting the value of your home.
  5. While it may seem minor in comparison to the other reasons, pooling water invites insects to your yard that are annoying and can spread disease.

The downsides of water intrusion on your property make the choice to add proper drainage a wise investment. Talk to your local landscaper about the different drainage solutions available to protect your home and property from erosion, foundation problems and other issues.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-576

5 Reasons to Invest in a Drainage System for Your Yard

Do you have periods during the year where your yard becomes soggy? Drainage issue are not just a nuisance; they can cause damage to your home and property. Even if you have not had any flooding issues or damage to your property from excess water, that doesn’t mean it will not happen in the future. Here are five excellent reasons to invest in a drainage system for your home and yard. 

  1. Landscaping woes. If nothing else, excess water can drown your lawn and other plants, making it difficult to keep a beautiful yard. Keep your landscape looking healthy by adding proper drainage.
  2. Protect your home’s foundation. Even if you can’t see it, too much water can be destroying your home’s foundation below the surface. The constant pressure of ground water can eat away at your foundation, especially when good drainage techniques are not used.
  3. Prevent basement flooding. Even a small amount of water penetrating your basement walls can cause damage. Furniture, floors and other items can be ruined; plus, excess moisture puts you at risk of mold problems that can be dangerous and expensive to repair.
  4. Paved areas. Your paved driveway or patio are susceptible to erosion from too much water. Improper drainage can destroy the underlying foundation, causing pot holes, cracks and crumbling.
  5. Pooling water attracts pests. The last thing you want is a breeding ground for insects in your yard.

There are many affordable drainage solutions that can help eliminate excess water in your yard. Talk to your local landscaper that offers drainage installation to find the best option for your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Finding the Right Drainage Solution for Your Yard

Do you have an area in your yard that becomes a small lake every time there is a heavy rain? While it may dissipate quickly once the sun comes back out, this can lead to issues for your home and property. Every time water accumulates in one spot, it can be causing further erosion to the area, making the area more prone to collecting water. Don’t let a small drainage issue get out of hand. Find the right drainage solution to stop mini lakes from appearing in your yard.

There are many different ways to divert excess rainwater from pooling in the wrong places. Most likely you have a small slope or grade that is allowing water to settle in one place. Before it ruins your lawn or begins seeping toward your home’s foundation, consider implementing one of these drainage solutions:

  • French drain. Installing a French drain can diver the excess water from your lawn to a more appropriate area. This gives you control of where the water will go.
  • Changing the grade. If you have a slope that is creating a dip for water accumulation, having the grade changed can resolve the problem.
  • Add a dry creek bed. A functional and beautiful drainage option is creating a dry creek bed from river stones for the water to flow into.
  • Drainage ditches and basins. Sometimes you just need a new place for the water to go. Creating a lower area like a drainage ditch or basin will attract water away from your yard.

To find out the right option for your yard, call a local landscaper that offers drainage solutions. They can inspect your drainage issue and give you advice on how to proceed, as well as install your drainage option for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

5 Options for Drainage Control

Excess water on your property and around your home can cause extensive damage that can cost you thousands of dollars. Drainage control is the best way to protect your investment in your home and property from erosion, basement leaks and foundation corrosion. Here are five cost-effective options to reduce water pooling and drainage issues on your property.

  1. Retaining walls. If you have slopes or hills on your property, retaining walls are a beautiful and functional options to prevent erosion from poor drainage. Prevent mud slides and other property damage while creating a useful area for landscaping.
  2. French drains. Divert pooling water from your yard and away from your home using French drains. These small pipes whisk water away to a more appropriate destination.
  3. Leveling. In some cases, changing the level of the soil in your yard is the best way to keep water from flowing toward your home.
  4. Dry creek beds. A beautiful way to give water a place to go is with dry creek beds. When created with aesthetically-pleasing rivers rocks, this can enhance your landscaping while providing a valuable drainage solution.
  5. Drainage ditch. An affordable option for upgrading your drainage on your property is creating a drainage ditch for water run-off. Having a lower area that attracts excess water is often all you need to avoid costly flooding issues.

Not sure which drainage option is best for your property? Consult an experienced landscaping company that offers multiple drainage solutions to determine which will best meet your needs. It is worth the investment to prevent flooding, erosion, water and mold damage that can cost much more than implementing the right drainage option.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC
(704) 469-5766

5 Projects You Should Hire a Professional Landscaper to Handle

Are there areas in your yard that need help? You may be planning to spend a weekend shopping at a home improvement store to get what you need, then heading home to try and handle these issues yourself.  But are you qualified to fix your landscaping issues? The problem with doing landscape projects on your own is there is the possibility that you may not get it right the first time around. Save yourself time and money by hiring a professional landscaper for these five specialized projects.

  1. Garden or Koi ponds. You may think adding a small garden or koi pond is a great DIY project. After all, they sell affordable kits at your nearby home improvement store. But the truth is, many end up needing to be replaced or removed within a year due to improper installation.
  2. Drainage issues. Do you want to improve the drainage on your property? There are mathematical considerations as well as regional anomalies that are best handled by a professional.
  3. Lawn repair. Are you struggling to get the lush lawn you desire? It may be more extensive than just seeding, fertilizing and watering your lawn. Save time by hiring an expert.
  4. Pruning. Need your trees pruned back or hedges shaped? Doing pruning incorrectly can harm your trees and shrubs. Let your local landscaper help.
  5. Sod installation. Sod is expensive. Don’t try to save a few bucks by installing it yourself. Allow a professional to correctly install it for the best results.

Sometimes trying to do improvements yourself can cost you more in time and money than it is worth. For major outdoor improvements, call your local landscaper to get it done right the first time around.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA

Four Uses of French Drains

Do you have problems with too much water in your yard? Proper drainage is an issue for many home and business owners. When the wet season hits, if there is not an efficient drainage solution in place you could find yourself with a soggy lawn or even water damage to your building. French drains are one of the best solutions when it comes to drainage problems, especially these four common issues.

  1. Wet basements. Is water getting into your basement? This usually means you need a better drainage system to divert water away from your building. French drains can transport water run-off from gutters away from the building to protect the foundation. They can also be used in several ways to keep basements dry during the wet seasons.
  2. Retaining walls. If you have retaining walls on a slope, a French drain placed behind the top wall can help divert water that can undermine your retaining wall. Although the wall is used to help with erosion, too much water build up behind the wall can impact the structure.
  3. Flat, wet yards. If you have a flat yard that always ends up soggy, during the wet season, a French drain is perfect for evening out the moisture levels. This man-made slope system can divert excess water to a storm drain or drainage ditch.
  4. Surface water reduction. Do you have a pond that appears a few months out of the year on your property? If you have a dip that fills with surface water, a French drain installed in the higher ground above can be a cost effective solution.

If you have a drainage issue on your property, don’t let it cause damage to your permanent structures. Call a local landscaping contractor to discuss installing a French drain.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC
(704) 469-5766

Soil Erosion Solutions That Beautify

Soil erosion is not just unsightly, but causes major problems if not addressed.  The old solution of nets and mesh may be effective for holding back soil, but there are more attractive options that will beautify landscaping rather than detract from it. With the help of your landscaper, you can try one of these beautiful soil erosion solutions:

  • Depending on the size of the yard, one of the first thing to do is plant more trees. The underground roots of trees stabilize the soil and diverts water.
  • A solution growing in popularity across the country is to plant a rain garden.  Rain gardens are shallow depressions in a yard which collect precipitation.  This area is filled with native wetland plant and gives it a pop of color.
  • Retaining walls are especially beneficial on slopes.  With the wide variety of stone available, a retaining wall can easily blend into the existing landscaping.
  • Any areas in a lawn that have heavy foot traffic or bare pathways should be protected with a layer of mulch or transformed into a stepping stone or gravel pathway.
  • Another solution is to install a dry creek bed, which is essentially a bed of small rock that will direct water into a pond or catch basin.   This option allows for plenty of creativity as plantings can be in and around the bed.

Well established vegetation, grasses and perennials, also help to stabilize the soil.  Before replanting the area use some type of fill to compensate for any washed away areas.  Talk to your landscaper to choose plants that are well suited to the area.  In many locations ornamental grasses, Coneflowers or Black Eyed Susans make excellent plantings as well as transforming a washed out gulley to an attractive bed.

Your local landscaper can help incorporate these functional, yet beautiful, additions into your landscape design for a healthy, gorgeous yard.

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA
(678) 294-0351

Finding the Right Drainage Solution for Your Property

Do you have soggy, wet areas on your property due to poor drainage? Excess water can ruin your lawn, create pest problems and even harm your home’s foundation. There are several ways to improve the drainage on your property to evenly distribute rainfall and prevent damage to your home and lawn. To fix the problem, you need to find the right solution to remedy the cause of the excess water. Here are a few common problems and drainage solutions:

Poor Grading

If the grade on your property is causing water to pool, you may need to have your property leveled to promote better drainage. A professional landscape company can carefully level the soil on your property to reduce water pooling in low areas.

Water Streaming

High areas on your property can cause water to stream, eroding your soil and causing damage to your landscaping. One solution to streaming water is to install a French drain that allows the water to be evenly distributed, reducing erosion problems.

Low, Pooling Areas

Water collecting in low areas needs a proper place to drain to avoid attracting mosquitoes and other pests. Dry wells, drainage ditches and French drains can all help to relieve these pooling issues.

Eroding Hillsides

If water flow is destroying your slope or hillside, adding a retaining wall can brace the soil and prevent further erosion. Tiered retaining walls on a hill can help manage drainage while creating areas for planting.

Do not let poor drainage ruin your property or home. Call a local landscape company that specializes in drainage solutions to find the best option for your property.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Dry Creek Beds: Drainage with Style

A great landscaping plan can boost your curb appeal and make your property more inviting for guests and family members. Sloping properties or those where poor drainage is a perennial issue, however, may require a bit of extra attention in order to properly guard your landscaping investment. As excess water flows unchecked through your property, soil erosion and landscaping damage can become a very real problem. Fortunately, there are solutions for drainage which don’t have to be unsightly detractors from your expert design.

Dry creek and stream beds are an increasingly popular option for homeowners whose properties require excess water control. In addition to being a fairly cost-efficient solution, dry creek beds also provide a measure of aesthetic value, especially when they’re integrated into an overall landscaping design. Often, dry beds are lined with stones and plants to increase the natural feel of the structure, while maintaining their primary drainage focus.

In order to build an effective and eye-catching dry stream bed to meet your drainage needs, you’ll need an experienced and professional landscaping designer to evaluate the unique needs of your property. The slope and incline of your land will be measured to ensure the proper flow path for excess water diversion. A professional will also be able to help you create a cohesive landscaping theme, from selecting the right rocks to complement your garden to integrating plant life for optimal style. If you’re fighting a losing battle against flooding, soil erosion and other drainage issues, contact a landscaping professional in your area to discuss the feasibility of adding a dry creek bed to your property for added aesthetic value and proper drainage.

Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone, Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping