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Site Grading and Yard Drainage Solutions

Site grading away from a foundation with the correct slope is the easiest of solutions to the possible yard drainage problems you may encounter. But sometimes, poor drainage in a yard isn't corrected so easily. If your site is situated at the foot of a slope, grading the ground along the foundation may not be enough. Learn how to drain water away from your yard by using a French drain.

How to Make a French Drain for Yard Drainage
It's no fun having too much water in the yard. My mother's house has a stone foundation that leaks when the water table is high, flooding the cellar. Our solution was to install a sump pump inside. Outdoors, French drains are often the answer, and if you take your time, the project is well within the DIYer's grasp.

How Much Slope is Needed in Site Grading Near Foundations?
I said above that site grading near a home's foundation should have the correct slope, or else you may suffer from poor drainage. I discuss finding the correct slope here. I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but the fact is that a bit of math is involved in this yard drainage solution! But not too much.

Dry Creek Beds: Attractive Yard Drainage Solution
Sometimes, measures we undertake to resolve landscaping issues are merely utilitarian. For example, a French drain may solve a water problem, but it adds no beauty to the landscape. Luckily, such is not the case with dry creek beds. These features have become quite fashionable. Learn how to build one here.

I'm Having Drainage Problems After Pool Removal. Would a French Drain Work?
If you're having drainage problems in a lawn area after having a pool removed, a soil overhaul may be the answer, followed by replanting the lawn. The exact nature of the problem depends on what kind of pool you had removed. A French drain may factor into the solution, too.

FLEX-Drain
FLEX-Drain® is an example of a product used to extend downspouts. It takes the downspout water and channels it away from your house. Its flexible nature comes in handy when you need to work around foundation plantings, for instance.

Installing Dry Creek Beds to Correct Poor Drainage
Roll out weed cloth, lay out the rock so as to make it look natural, and plant the sides with interesting plants. That's the basic idea behind building a dry creek bed. It's a way to turn a negative into a positive. What was a problem with poor drainage becomes an attractive component of your landscaping.

Solving Drainage Problems in Turf, Tree and Landscaping Plantings
"Solving drainage problems in turf, tree and landscape plantings is not a difficult task if you understand the underlying causes," states Chris R. Carlson of Kent State. Discover how understanding soil type and correcting site grading can solve poor drainage problems.

How to Install Drainage Systems
This article from "Grounds Maintenance" magazine is written for professionals. But don't let that stop you from sneaking a peek! At least you'll learn enough of the basics of installing drainage systems to appreciate some of the problems involved -- perhaps problems to which your own yard is subject. Click their "surface drainage" link to learn about site grading.

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