Dealing With the Rain From 2018

According to, 2018 set a record for being the wettest year New Jersey has experienced. Heavy amounts of rainfall were common throughout the year, and some homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath. Drainage problems persist across the state, and anyone who does not have a substantial drainage plan may still be dealing with excess water. To prevent more problems, see how you can develop a strong drainage system before the spring season begins.


Rainy Day

Map Out Drainage Issues

If your landscape suffered from flooding issues this past year, then there is some kind of fault in your landscape’s design. Water is supposed to run off to a different location or dry up, and if it is unable to move then something is keeping it from doing so. Before you can figure out how to fix a drainage issue, you need to find out why the issue exists in the first place.

If there is a sloped area in your yard that creates a hole in the ground then water can quickly pool up in it. In addition, the lack of a gutter system can make it harder for water to be moved away from your home after a storm. Make a note of where the issues are most prominent so you do not lose track of them later on.

Planning Out a Solution

Sunny landscape

Installing a landscape drainage solution in your yard is a prime way to get rid of excess rainwater that refuses to move away. It is important to note, however, that a lot of planning goes into installing a system like this. Here are some things to consider if you want to have a new drainage system.

Since you are trying to move stationary water away from your landscape, you need to think about where you want all the excess water to be moved to. In addition, most of your system will be built underground, so you also need to plan out where all the pipes should go. You also need to be mindful of where flowers, trees, and other types of plant life are so you do not find yourself needing to dig them up for your system to function properly.

If you choose to work with Hillsborough Irrigation & Landscape Services, our experts can help you plan out your solution so you get a system that works best for your yard.

Selecting a Drainage System

Permeable Pavers
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Depending the drainage problems you are facing, you may need to focus on a particular system for your yard. Hillsborough Irrigation offers several options for drainage solutions, and a few examples have been listed below.

One popular type is the French drain, a drain that catches water through a trench and deposits it elsewhere through a system of pipes. Permeable pavers are also helpful, since they feature extra space that allows water to be diverted back into the ground. There are several options to choose from, and Hillsborough Irrigation will help you select one that is suitable for your yard.

Install Before Spring

Springtime Meadow

Once everything has been set in stone, the last step is to decide when your installation should begin. Installing a landscape drainage solution can take good amount of time, so you should consider starting as early as possible so you can get done before you get too far into spring.

The spring thaw can create a lot of extra moisture in your yard, which makes it difficult to set up drainage solutions right at the start of the season. These issues can be compounded if you already have a lot of standing water around due to the rainfall from last year. If you want to be prepared for spring, get started on your drainage solution as soon as possible.


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