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Proper Drainage

While it’s not something you can see drainage is one of the most important things to consider on any landscape project. The combination of high clay soil with the heavy moisture that Northeast Ohio receives can be quite challenging when it comes to a successful landscape. But with the proper drainage, a landscape can truly thrive.

 

Hidden Value

Drainage is typically one of the most overlooked aspects of a landscape project when in fact it should be one of the very first things addressed. Proper drainage can be expensive and, admittedly, it can be frustrating to spend a lot of money on something you can’t see. But the truth is that proper drainage is one of the best ways to invest in your property. In the long-run, it can save you from hassles and money spent. It can prevent leaking basement walls, heaving payment, failing retaining walls, and even dead plants. In fact, we see more plant death caused by too much water instead of not enough. This is almost always due to improper drainage.

 

The Best Solution

Fortunately there are many drainage solutions that can help draw excess water away from your landscape. The solution that is right for your property will depend on a number of factors, including the location and cause of your trouble spots. Clay often causes problems with lingering surface water since it makes the soil much less permeable. This can be made even worse if your property’s grading is off.  Surface grading and French drains are two common solutions in our region. A French drain is essentially a trench and a drain line that allows water to travel deeper underground as opposed to just “sitting” on your lawn. French drains can be incredibly efficient if properly installed.

Of course, even your gutters can come into play when it comes to proper drainage. You should definitely check to see that your gutters are working properly to help divert water away from your home and your landscaping. The water should not be emptying directly into your yard but should be diverted away from your home in order to protect not only your landscaping but also your foundation.

 

A Job Done Well

While installing drains or altering grading can be very big jobs that require a lot of digging and maybe even some upfront mess, in the long run, proper drainage can really pay off. Your home’s foundation and surrounding hardscaping will be better protected and your landscaping will thrive. But with such a large undertaking, you just want to be sure the job is done right. We can not only ensure the job is done well but that it’s done following the proper rules and regulations of your township.

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