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Landscape Drainage Systems

Drainage systems can help alleviate water problems on a wide variety of property types. Issues often occur if the land is flat, the soil is dense or the area has a high water table.

As you can imagine, designing a proper drainage system in such scenarios is crucial. In fact, it’s a priority that you must take care of sooner rather than later! Here at Johnson’s Landscaping Service, Inc., we can design and build you a drainage system that will keep your property in great shape for years to come.

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“They left my property neat and in excellent condition”

Johnson’s Landscaping has done several projects in my yard over the time we’ve been here, including digging gardens, installing flagstone walkways and field stone retaining walls, hedge trimming, and tree removal. Most recently, they replaced some underground drainage that had become clogged with roots over the years. As usual, they did an excellent job. They left my property neat and in excellent condition. Thanks!

Anne C.

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The Dangers of Drainage Problems

Poor drainage can ruin your softscape and hardscape.

Your plants and trees are in peril when you leave your drainage problems unsolved. Pooling water submerging the plants means branches and leaves don’t get the sunlight and nutrients they need. It may kill the lawn and garden that you’ve worked so hard to cultivate.

Aside from directly killing your plants, a flooded landscape can lead to bad soil for years to come. Prolonged flooding washes away nutrients, deprives your soil of oxygen and may even bring pollutants into your lawn. The longer you delay installing drainage systems, the worse the flooding can be for the long-term health of your softscapes.

Poor drainage also puts your hardscapes at risk. If you have, for example, a paver patio, unfixed drainage can lead to unstable soil beneath your patio. This is when you can start to see cracks and dips in your patios, walkways and driveways.

Much more worrying for homeowners, though, would be the possible foundation damage. Water can erode the cement your home rests on, and any homeowner knows that foundation repairs can be extremely costly.

By looking out for signs of problems, you may halt problems before they become enormous.

Flooded lawn with bad drainage

How Can I Find Out if I Need a Drainage System?

There are a few ways you can look for issues that indicate drainage problems.

Wet Basement Walls

One of the most common ways homeowners find out they have water problems are their basement walls. Wet walls indicate water may be pooling on top of the hard soil layer below the topsoil. Hydrostatic pressure then pushes the water through your basem

Wet Spots on Your Lawn

A soggy yard that never seems to dry out can be a sign of large problems. Puddles that stick around for days and patches that are always spongey mean the want isn’t leaving your yard like it should.


One of the most troubling signs of drainage problems is your lawn eroding. Flooded lawns can develop fissures and dips that are telltale signs of bad drainage. If you have a pitted lawn that’s washing away, you need to call in the experts to evaluate your dra

Pooling Near Downspouts

If water is collecting near downspouts, you may have very large issues to deal with. Since spouts put out water near your home, you may have an improperly graded yard. You may also have spout-placement issues that need to be identified and corrected.


Our 5-Step System

Our landscape designers and our courteous, skilled crews know you have a unique vision for your outdoor space. We want to make it come true. Our five-step process ensures that you get exactly the outdoor landscape you want. The unique system creates a collaborative environment where your voice is heard.


You connect with our drainage experts, who can take a look at the extent of your drainage problems and talk with you about the scope of work ahead.

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Drawing of landscaping plan


Receive your custom proposal. Our expert landscape designer will dig deep into your ideas and offer suggestions to make Our designer takes your concerns and ideas and draws up a comprehensive plan for tackling your drainage problems.


With a plan in hand, it’s your turn to consider your needs and budget and adjust accordingly.

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Main installing landscape pavers


Our master craftsmen build your drainage system. Their decades of experience make this process as painless as possible.


After installation, it’s time to review the project and make sure it’s working as needed.

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“I’m very pleased.” 

I had a water drainage problem. The project addressed the need while also enhancing the beauty with an imaginative design. I’m very pleased.

Bunny K.

The following is a list of common issues and how we can help you to resolve them.

Surface Water

Solved by Surface Drainage

Do you live in an area that has clay soil? If so, both you and your neighbors may suffer from drainage problems. Clay soil retains water better than silt or sandy soils because it’s harder and less porous.

When homes get built, they get graded to allow surface water to drain away. The water gets directed to a curb or stormwater drain. If you’re seeing surface water, there could be a problem with the system.

There are two options for surface drainage in your yard. The first is to change the gradient of your yard away from the home’s foundation, correcting the too-flat grading.

And, the second is to use an underground drainage solution. This option involves creating a large underground “soakaway.” That’s where water filters down at a slow pace.

a soakaway as a drainage solution

High Water Table

Solved by Raising the Ground

Is the issue at your yard down to a high water table? Perhaps the most common route to resolve it is by raising the ground level!

Another possible solution is to let nature give you a helping hand. We can add plants that love to absorb water, giving your ground a natural protection from being inundated with water.

We also install underground drainage. A French drain can divert high volumes of water to a nearby basin or out into the municipal water systems. The key is to keep the water away from the valuable parts of your property and manage it somewhere that it won’t wreak havoc.


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Hardpan Clay Layer

Solved by Underground Drainage

Is the clay situation quite bad in your neighborhood? Water tends to run on top of hard soils and clay, which means it can run into your foundation, your home, your landscaping, and more!

If so, gradient drainage systems aren’t ideal because of the cost. A common solution is to opt for an underground drainage system.

In layman’s terms, this solution involves digging a trench to create a network of underground pipes. Those pipes can then move water away from your yard and into a stormwater drain.

“We’ve not had a drop of water enter our basement since” 

Great company – honest and reliable crew. I selected this company after meeting with more than a dozen contractors to help us solve the drainage problem in our backyard. Charlie provided a competitive bid and based on his honesty and frank observations about our water problem, we selected Johnson’s Landscaping. Today, Charlie came out to inspect our external sump pumps his crew installed this spring. This is the kind of personal service Charlie provides. By the way, we’ve not had a drop of water enter our basement since Charlie installed the sump pumps.

Kojo A.

Next Steps…

Give Johnson’s Landscaping Service Inc. a call to diagnose your yard drainage problems. We can then give you some options to resolve them and make your yard drier for longer!

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