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3 Landscape Drainage Issues and What You Can Do to Fix Them

However you design your landscapes, the one thing you should never forget is how the landscape should drain water away. The last thing you want to see in your yard is pools of water when it rains. This kind of problem happens more commonly than you may realize. Many homeowners end up with unsightly and even seriously damaged yards because draining considerations were not made.

Fortunately, having drainage issues in your landscape does not spell the end of the world. They are still fixable, and in this article, we will talk about the common landscape drainage issues and what you can do to fix them:

1. Improper grading 

If you do not correctly grade your landscape, there will likely be depressions around the yard that can hold stagnant water. This can kill off your grass and other plants caught in standing water. If you leave this problem to continue, it will turn your yard into a swamp-like place, which is something you do not want near your home. 

Installing a creek bed can fix this problem. This pushes the water up and above the yard, protecting the layer below. In addition, a creek bed can add a nice look to your yard, so you can use it as a design aspect that is also functional.

2. Bad plant bed layouts 

Installing plant beds is more than choosing a place that looks nice. You need to consider the layout to ensure proper drainage is facilitated. If you fail to do this, it will stop the water from moving to intended places, causing the water to stand in place and possibly kill off your plants. 

To fix this issue, you need to create a proper slope in your plant beds. This way, the water can run off to its intended area to keep the plants high, dry, and alive. Note that this also applies to paved surfaces, where the proper slope is required to allow water to run off.

3. Poor gutter downspout exits

 Installing downspouts is one thing, but where you install them is another. There are many places where you should not be installing downspouts, such as over turf or pavements. This is because these are the places where water sits around and becomes stagnant, especially after pouring rain.

A fix to this is planning where the downspouts will be installed. Make sure that the water is redirected to go downhill, away from your yard and home.


These are just some of the common landscape draining issues that many homeowners face, but they are not the only ones. If you notice that you are having draining issues in your yard, you must act right away to fix them. Otherwise, the water can cause tremendous amounts of damage to your yard and home. 

We highly recommend reaching out to professionals with experience in landscaping and grown maintenance to help you with many drain issues if you cannot tackle them yourself. Doing so will ensure your home sits high and dry, safe from water damage, and keeps your lawn beautiful even after the rainiest of days.

Sir Williams Drainage and Waterproofing Solutions offer residential and commercial high-quality landscaping and ground-maintenance services to satisfy any landscaping-related needs in Michigan. If you are looking for landscaping and drainage services, contact us today!

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