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Could a Rain Garden Solve Your Drainage Problems? Cumming, GA
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Many homeowners struggle with poor drainage in their backyard. Whether it is from a bad slope or poorly compacted soil, erosion and drainage issues can quickly ruin a beautiful landscape. At Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping, we are equipped to offer a number of solutions for your poor backyard drainage. While we can regrade your property or install a dry creek bed, some customers find a rain garden to be the perfect solution.

A rain garden uses water runoff to strategically cultivate plants. This is a way to embrace the extra water and use it to enhance your landscape and even attract birds. Location is very important when creating a rain garden. It needs to be proper distance from your home so that the drainage doesn’t accumulate near your foundation. You’ll also need to be sure it isn’t going to interfere with your septic system. Lastly, your rain garden site needs to have full sun exposure for 4-6 hours of the day so that its plants can thrive.

Types of Rain Gardens

There is more than one type of rain garden. Under-drained and self-contained are the two broad categories. Under-drained gardens are ideal when you want rainwater to drain into a storm pipe or when erosion control is important. With a self-contained system, the water is pooled rather than drained off.

What to Plant in a Rain Garden

Your rain garden should have several “zones.” These will each hold water for varying amounts of time and thus require different plant varieties that thrive in that specific environment. For example, you may have a Hemlock tree in your first zone because it can survive under heavy flooding. Your zone 2 will still hold water for several hours and may support an inkberry shrub or similar plant variety. For the transitionary zone 3, witch hazel or butterfly weed may be ideal choices.

Don’t worry; if installing a rain garden seems too overwhelming, you can consult our lawn experts. At Pannone’s Landscaping & Lawn Pros, we do our best to listen to your goals for your landscape and help you implement them in the most cost-effective way. If a rain garden is how you want to address your backyard drainage, we are ready to help.

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Would give 10 stars if I could. Pannone Landscaping exceeded our expectations and was such a pleasure to work with! Brad set reasonable expectations for the timing of the work (leveling, drainage system, fire pit, and sodding), and was the best priced quote with quality material and labor. We cannot speak highly enough of Brad and his crew, from their professionalism to expert advice to skilled work! Our yard went from ugly mud pit to lush golf course. Looking forward to working with Pannone and his team again!

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Brad and his team did a wonderful job for us! Our backyard was overgrown and a mess after we moved in. Brad helped us come up with a plan to turn it around that would work for our family. He was quick to respond, reasonable priced, and our yard looks fantastic. We’ve gotten so many compliments. Hope to work with him again in the future and would highly recommend him to anyone that needs some landscaping help!

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We had the best experience working with Pannone's Lawn Pros & Landscaping! Brad guided us on every aspect of our exterior renovation from hardscapes to the annual color. He worked to find exactly what we were looking for even when items were difficult to find. We greatly appreciate his responsiveness, honest guidance and professionalism throughout the entire project. Thank you Brad!!