Good Drainage Key to Good Landscaping

*DESIGNED BY MICHAEL WEISHAN, FORMER HOST OF THE VICTORYGARDEN ON WGBH*

With spring here, it's time to prepare your lawn for the warm weather. S+H  is here to help with any landscaping and drainage needs, but here are a few tips to keep in mind!

Good Drainage Key to Good Landscaping

  • Downspouts should be connected properly to the house and gutters and should be directed well away from the foundation wall, or empty into a perimeter drainage system that sends the water to a drywell or drainage field. This is one of the simplest ways to keep water out of your basement.

  • Dirt and mulch should be at least 8 inches below the bottom edge of any wood trim or siding to prevent rot and to reduce the chance of insects getting into your home. This is something that you especially have to watch out for with landscapers, as they have a tendency be very liberal with their distribution of mulch around the perimeter of homes. 

  • Does the grade (ground) pitch away from you home, or towards it? Again, this is basic when it comes to keeping your basement dry.‚Äč