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Drainage issues spell trouble for homeowners for many reasons. For starters, puddles or standing water can encourage hard-to-kill weed growth and eventually drown grass roots. A soggy lawn can also turn into bigger, more expensive problems if excess water starts to seep into your home’s foundation.


Proper landscaping drainage is necessary to protect your landscape and divert water away from your home. There are a variety of methods that can be used to address drainage problems. If you’re fighting against water, Greenway of Nashville can help you take back your lawn. Our trusted drainage solutions will keep your basement dry and uphold the investment you’ve made in your outdoor landscape.

Drainage Best Practices

You Get What You Pay For

Many homeowners underestimate the importance of drainage because the effects aren’t visible until the damage is done. When it comes to drain installation, you should never go cheap. If you hire an inexperienced landscaper or attempt to cut corners, it will likely end up costing you even more to make repairs and correct shoddy work.

It can be expensive and disruptive to your everyday life to repair the damage that excess water can do. For example, you could be forced to replace entire patios or driveways, tear up expensive landscaping, repair basement leaks, and mend foundational damage to your home.

Do yourself a favor, and invest in proper drain installation by an experienced professional.

Proper Lawn Grading

Getting water to go where you want is key to improving drainage. The grading of your lawn will help make this possible. Your lawn should slope directly into nearby drains. Generally, a 1-2% slope is needed to effectively move water from one place to another. If you notice low spots in your yard where water tends to collect, the grading of your lawn may need to be corrected.

Be Mindful About Where You’re Diverting Water

When incorporating any drainage system into your landscape, one of the first things you’ll need to consider is where the drain empties. You want to ensure the area can handle the added water. Catch basins are commonly used as a final destination. Whether water is being directed to a catch basin, pond, or ditch, it’s important to be mindful in choosing a location. Never place the outlet where it will simply move the drainage problem to another area of your lawn or, even worse, someone else’s property.

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Complications of Poor Drainage

Water damage is a property owner’s worst nightmare, yet many in both the residential and commercial sectors overlook the importance of controlling excess water. There are a number of complications that can arise from poor drainage systems, misguided landscape irrigation, and uncontrolled runoff. Without an effective drainage system, you could experience:

  • Foundational and structural damage
  • Basement water stains
  • Mold and wood rot
  • Damage to hardscapes, such as driveways, patios, and walkways
  • Erosion
  • Lawn diseases
  • Insect infestations 

Implementing the right drainage solution can help you avoid spending time and money to remedy the serious complications of water damage.

French Drain Installation

This type of drainage system is commonly used on residential properties. Some French drains refer to a trench in which a drain pipe is laid and then filled with gravel. Traditional French drains, however, are simply filled with gravel and do not include a pipe. 

Either way, French drains are designed to redirect surface water and groundwater away from trouble areas. Here’s the basics of installing a French drain:

  • Identify an appropriate area for the excess water to be routed. It’s important to choose a location where the flow of water won’t damage neighboring properties. 
  • Establish trench lines along the slope on the side of your property line. The route needs to slope downward in the direction you want the water to go. The area should also be clear of any obstructions, such as trees and bushes. 
  • Dig a 5-6 inch trench along the plotted trench lines. This is the most time-consuming part of installing French drains. 
  • Fill your trench with a few inches of coarse gravel and cover it with landscape fabric. Then, lay piping into the trench. Wrap more landscaping fabric around the pipe to prevent dirt and roots from obstructing the system. This is important as water percolation is essential to an effective French drain.
  • Finally, fill the trench with more gravel and a layer of topsoil. For aesthetic purposes, you can lay sod on top and add a bed of stones around the open end of the drain. 

Various materials and techniques can be used to install French drain systems. As long as an adequate slope has been created and thought has been given to where the water will be directed, you should have a working drainage system that prevents water from pooling in your yard or damaging your home’s foundation.

contractors installing a french drain in Nashville, TN

Yard Drainage Maintenance

Fortunately, French drains and other yard drainage systems require little ongoing maintenance. However, they can occasionally become clogged if leaves and other debris accumulate in the drain pipe.

Like any drain in your home, yard drains will flood if they become backed up. If you notice any flooding, check the end of the pipe where water is being channeled and remove rocks, leaves, or anything that may be stopping the flow of water. 

You may also need to snake a running water hose down the pipe to help break up any remaining blockage. Fall is a particularly crucial time to monitor and service your yard drain, as falling leaves are more likely to clog the pipes.

In addition to clogging, it’s important to inspect your drainage system regularly for any cracks, leaks, or other signs of damage. Properly maintaining your drainage system is necessary to avoid compromising its effectiveness.

Wash Your Drainage Problems AwaY!

If you’re having issues with standing water in your yard or a wet basement, poor drainage is likely the culprit. Wash your drainage problems away by giving our landscaping drainage experts a call. We understand the serious threat that water can present to homeowners, and will work diligently to resolve any existing drainage issues. 

At Greenway of Nashville, we ensure proper drainage systems are implemented the first time, so you don’t ever have to deal with unsightly and dangerous wet spots in your yard.

Our mission is simple: to provide high quality exterior work that our clients across Nashville can both enjoy and depend upon. Experience the difference of Greenway of Nashville and call (615) 238-4574 today. 

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