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French Drain Solutions

  French drains are one way to solve water problems. They move the water from the surface to a gravel filled hole in the ground. This aids in evaporation without bringing water to the surface.

This system requires stone or gravel at ground level, so most times they are not what a customer wants.

Although done correctly with the right decorative rock and plants, possibly a bridge or water feature they can be very beautiful.

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How to Properly Install a French Drain

First let me say that underground French drains do not work very well in northern Illinois unless they are very large. The problem is that we have too much clay in northern Illinois. I suggest only building French drains that end in a ground level decorative gravel fake stream or pond. Open Gravel areas will allow more evaporation than underground gravel pits.

Start by trenching from the water problem area to desired location for your gravel area, Making sure to surround the drain tile with river rock as you go. The gravel area should be dug out about a 2 foot depression. Then spiral the drain tile in the depression to fill the area and bury with river rock. Top off the area with decorative rock of your choice. I like Mexican pebbles.

Then go back and top off the trench line with top soil and sod. Use a compactor to seal the sod to match the ground level. Then finish your gravel area off with the water garden plants to decorate the area and make it look more natural.

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Here's a list of water plants that I like to use, SporobolusPanicum, Miscanthus purpurescens, Cornus sericea, Cornus racemosa, Betula nigra, Acer rubrum, Acer saccharum, Aronia, Clethra, Eupatorium, Dicentra, Heliopsis, Ilex glabra, Ilex verticillata, Hosta, Iris versicolor, Nyssa, Hemerocallis, Polemonium, Quercus bicolor, Sisyrinchium, Solidago, Viburnum, dentatums, Viburnum prunifolium.

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Sprinkler Start Up

 $75 plus $5 per zone for any irrigation system

Sprinkler Turn On

  With this service, you get one working hour of free labor to be used for sprinkler changes and repairs, or it can be applied to any of our other services.

You also receive! Free service call to be used for sprinkler issues after the startup or for a midseason checkup.

Every season an RPZ certification is required by ordinance.


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