Read how we solved several big drainage problems while keeping all solutions eco friendly, attractive, sustainable and dog friendly too.
French drains, Rain garden, Huge catch basin and piping all hidden by pretty lan
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This style landscape isn't for everyone, however it suits this owner perfectly. The awesome, colorful garden in the only sunny area on this several acre site is planted on a high mound that diverts all water either to the huge french drains that run along the house or the driveway that drains into the rain garden. The drainage problems are solved and the owner has the style of ...More
“I love this. Lots of plants. No lawn. Cottage.” — rugosas
Winter view of the entrance. Plants and pots hide the wide french drain that run
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The ornamental grasses at the front door accent the Mission style architecture of this home. The owner enjoys how they dance with the slightest breeze so we don't prune them back until early spring when they are ready to resprout again. All plants here are drought tolerant and very low maintenance. Why plant drought tolerant plants in a landscape that has drainage problems? Wel...More
All drainage problems solved in dog friendly and eco friendly landscape
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This small space is between the french drains and the rain garden. The thick red rock mulch is permeable and keeps mud off of Duncan's feet. The liriope which will grow as a mass of ground cover will grow in the red rock and doesn't mind Duncan and his pals walking, sitting or sleeping here. Low maintenance, drought tolerant plants were used all around. Mom loves her dog and ec...More
French drain along house covered with gravel doubles as a path
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Photo taken DURING construction. The red rock gravel that you see along the house is a permeable path that we just completed. The water that falls off of the gutter-less roof will drain thru this gravel into the french drain that we built below. The width of this area was determined after close observation of how water shoots off of roof then hits the ground in a gentle shower ...More
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French drain along house under construction
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Photo taken DURING construction. We build french drains to last. They aren't a drainage " solution " unless they last! Our french drains are wide, deep and lined with EPDM rubber so that the surrounding clay can not clog the system. A perforated pipe is laid in the channel of the base. We use PVC pipe because it won't crush or collapse the way black corrugated pipe does. PVC pi...More
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