Improper grading and drainage in a landscape causes water to pool or water to slope towards buildings. Both these issues are extremely detrimental. Standing water jeopardizes the health of the landscape as the lawn gets submerged because there is excessive water stress on the roots of all plants. This will slowly kill them. Water puddles are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects, which can cause health problems for people and put the landscape at risk of pest infestation.
The water should never slope towards any buildings as this can damage the foundation and flood. Water should also be directed away from hardscapes such as retaining walls, patios and pavers because if water seeps into them, it can potentially deteriorate them, and there would have to be an investment in repair work or to replace them.
The professionals at Down To Earth Landscape & Irrigation grade landscapes correctly so that all water, including stormwater runoffs and rainwater from gutters, is directed away from buildings and hardscapes. We install proper drainage systems to collect water in pipes because excessive surface runoff will cause soil erosion in landscapes and degrade the quality of the land.