Guide On How To Fix Drainage Issues In Your Yard

Tired of the perennial soggy spots in your beautiful yard?

We get it.

Not only is it painfully hard to mow over the wet spots, but they are a complete eyesore. Not to mention the damage the wetness can cause to your property and your grass over time.

In this post, we talk about some of the common causes of landscape drainage issues and give you some advice on ways to fix these drainage issues to prevent your well-manicured lawn from turning into a swamp.

Common Causes Of Landscape Drainage Problems

Drainage problems are mainly a result of low spots or poor soil quality, leading to poor drainage. It’s actually more common than you’d think, to the ire of countless homeowners across the globe.

Low spots are usually caused by downspouts that are too short and end up draining into the landscaped area, walkways that block off water, yard slope or...

Three Ways to Cure Drainage Problems in Gainesville Lawns

With the high level of rains and tropical storms threatening recently in Gainesville Landscapes, we have received several calls regarding drainage solutions to keep the water clear of the home's foundation, from standing in areas and killing the lawn, and from keeeping mosquito breeding grounds active. Here are three ways we can help keep these drainage issues from affecting your Gainesville lawn and landscape.

1 Functional approach. Most do-it-yourself homeowners believe the way to solve bad drainage problems is to simply install a French drain, which is a 4-inch or 6-inch diameter perforated plastic or PVC drainpipe with a drain field surrounding it. Oftentimes,  this is not the answer though - and even if it is, it is a matter of installing it correctly. Many DIY-ers are unaware that the pipe should be wrapped with a geotextile fabric to eliminate any infiltration of soil or other debris. The pipe is then placed within backfilled drainage rock and...

3 Problems to Watch for in Your Yard after Irma's Visit

The winds and rain of Hurricane Irma have passed and left a path of destruction in their wake. Although many are worried about much larger problems due to Irma's visit, here are 3 problems to watch out for in your landscape:

1. Widowmakers - For tree arborists, a 'widowmaker' is a detached or broken limb that is caught in the top of a tree awaiting for an opportunity to fall. These are dangerous for obvious reasons and need to be addressed quickly. Our licensed and insured arborist team can safely remove these from your trees before they damage anything. We can also remove any trees that you were worried about but couldn't get removed before the storm hit, because now it looks like Jose is coming to nearby as well. 

2. Lawn Fungus - After a storm
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5 Tips to Prepare Your Yard for Hurricane Irma

As all eyes are turned towards Hurricane Irma, a powerful storm already wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and threatening our state. We pray that family and friends already affected are safe. As we look towards the future and try to predict the storm’s path we can take some steps today to help protect ourselves from damage. Here are 5 things you can do today to help protect your home and property.

3 Landscaping Mistakes Not to Make This Fall

From the changing colored leaves to the cooling temperatures, fall is the perfect season to take advantage of your outdoor entertainment area and enjoy your landscape. However, now that the fall season is upon us, don’t make these 3 common fall mistakes!

1. Overwatering can cause brown patch fungus. 

 Many homeowners exprienced drought stress in their lawns over the heat of summer, and to combat that raised their irrigation run times. However, now that the temperatures are dropping in the evening, this can cause light brown rings to pop up in your lawn (photo) called Brown Patch Fungus.  When our evenings become cool while our days are relatively warm, the grass never quite dries out making perfect conditions for fungus to develop.  Left untreated the areas...

Quick Tip: Is Poor Drainage Causing Problems in Your Lawn?

You don’t have to be a geophysicist to know that washed out mulch or a lake on the front lawn are signs of Gainesville drainage concerns, but here are some tips on how to recognize and resolve some of Gainesville's most common drainage problems. Solving drainage concerns when they’re smaller and easier to fix can save you thousands of dollars and future headaches, so be on the lookout these issues.

Tip #1: Downspouts That Dump

Each inch of rain that falls on 1,000 square feet of a roof produces 600 gallons of runoff—enough to fill 10 bathtubs. Dumping that much water too close to the foundation should cause concern anywhere, but especially in Gainesville - an area known for settling and foundation shifting. 

Some people add plastic gutter extensions to...

Quick Tip: What can I do to improve my landscape's drainage?

During the dry-spell in May, our phones were going crazy with irrigation questions, but as the summer has rolled in and the heavy rains with it - we get a lot of calls to solve Gainesville drainage concerns.

Do you have concerns about where the water run-off from your downspouts are washing away the soil at the foundation of your home?Do you have an issue with standing water sitting in areas of your Gainesville landscape?


This month's quick tip is on how to solve both of these problems correctly. Whether you hire us to install it or if you're handy you can do it yourself, but either way it's important information that many people have concerns about this time of year.

The first steps in planning out a drainage system are to know where the problems are coming from, and where you want the to be moved to. Many times, the answer is in making sure water from your...

How to Do Drainage Installation in Gainesville, FL

The Gainesville, Fl French drain installation is a simple, yet versatile construction which can be used to drain standing water from problem areas in your yard or basement. The process is fairly simple; it just requires a little preparation and planning, the right tools and materials, and a little DIY know-how. Start with Step 1 below for detailed instructions on how to build a French drain.

Part 1 of 2: Planning and Preparation

 

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Part 1 of 2: Planning and Preparation

1Look at underground safety. Before building a

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10 Solutions For Soggy Soil in your Gainesville Landscape

If your poorly drained landscape has kept you from growing your favorite flowers this year, don’t give up on your Gainesville lawn just yet. While it is true that your choices are limited by a garden with “wet feet,” there are many ways to improve your Gainesville landscape's drainage — or even change that curse into a blessing by turning your landscape into a lush and verdant oasis. 

Whether you’re building raised beds and decks to grow the things you love or learning to love your existing situation by making rain gardens draped with ferns and mosses, fall is the ideal time to give your saturated Gainesville landscape a dazzling makeover. Here are 10 ways to do just that.
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