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Installing Drainage Systems

By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

Your yard may not have been properly graded or it has settled and/or eroded over time. Don’t fret; there are ways that you can get your grass looking healthy again with no muddy or soggy spots. A drainage system can move water out of packed soil areas and allow your lawn to spring back to life. We’ve come up with some tips to getting the best drainage possible for your yard.
Planning: Installing a professional drainage system allows you to maintain a beautiful lawn and garden by saving your topsoil. Topsoil is the upper and outermost layer of soil, and has the highest concentration of fertile organic matter. This means its presence in your yard is crucial to the successful growth of desired plants and grasses. One rainstorm that is intensive and floods your yard can wash away large amounts of valuable topsoil. However, building a drainage system can easily save your topsoil, allowing your lawn and garden to flourish.
Maintenance: Water can be the biggest enemy to the soundness of the foundation of your home. A drainage system will help to ‘re-direct’ water away from your home so soil erosion and water intrusion is minimized. Drainage is always one of the first items of any project to consider.  Over 95% of all landscape projects have some type of drainage from stone swales to ‘take away’ water.  What’s more, French drains behind walls are not just optional they are required.  Ask your landscaping professional about new water collecting systems, underground cistern systems, rain barrels and wells as these are hot and significant topics to consider because of our recent post drought period.
Efficiency: Installing a professional drainage system will also allow you to save rainwater. Stored rainwater has many great uses and your cost savings will really add up over time. Just a few uses of stored rainwater include using it to, water your garden, wash your car, mop your floors, flush your toilets, and to fill your sprinkler system.
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