Grading & Drainage
Whether grading a new site, or grading an existing site:
Every Job Begins With Grading
At Shelton Landscape every job starts with grading. Whether it’s a simple landscape planter bed or raising a back-yard with a retaining wall and fill soil, water runoff and how it will interact with the new slope, must be considered. Grading can also allow for added interest in the landscape by adding elevation changes, such as berms, to level areas.
Not all drainage problems can be solved with grading soil so that surface water flows away from your structure to the desired runoff area. Therefore, installing corrugated and/or PVC drainage pipe to a home’s downspouts, ensures large sources of water do not settle or disrupt surrounding landscapes against foundations and can be carried to a more desirable location.
EZ Flow Drainage Pipe
Water settling in low areas can be collected and carried to a properly graded area through a French drain or catch basin. Today’s French drains are made with EZ Flow drainage pipe and a sand-based soil backfill. The lawn can then be turned back into turfgrass using sod, or for a more decorative solution, can be turned into a dry creek bed. Catch basins are plastic boxes of various sizes that are buried in the ground where standing water occurs. Once water reaches a certain level in the basin, it is emitted through a solid pipe directing the water to a more desirable location.
Underground Storage Basins
Water wells, underground storage basins, are used to capture ground water, not surface water. They are simply holes dug in the ground and lined with geotextile fabric and filled with clean gravel. The ground water infiltrates the gravel area and is then emitted through a buried pipe, directing the water to a more desirable location.
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