French Drains May Be Your Soggy Lawn Solution

October 18, 2017

View Our Handy French Drains Infographic and Learn More About French Drains

The Portland landscaping experts at Landscape East & West have put together a fun, creative infographic that helps explain what French drains are, how they work, and why they make a great soggy lawn solution. Learn about common uses for French drains and the advantages of this particular drainage system. Plus, learn some fun facts! For example, did you know that of Portland, Oregon’s average 40 inches of rainfall per year, 55% occurs in just a four month span? Do you know why it’s called a French Drain? (Hint: it’s not because of drainage practices in France).


If you have any drainage concerns or just want to find out how to maximize your current irrigation or drainage solutions, visit our water management page for information about how Landscape East & West can assist you.


How Do French Drains Work?

French drains take advantage of gravity and fluid dynamics to clear outdoor living space of excess moisture. Water is naturally drawn into the trench, since the gravel provides an easy flow route while the depression of the trench pulls water downward. Water then flows into the pipe, which diverts it away from the selected area.

Portland’s luscious greenery receives near-daily rain from November to April.  All that water can create real problems – sopping wet yards that can never be enjoyed, structural weakness caused by water creeping into basements, plants dying from too much moisture. French drains are an affordable, effective way to address these drainage challenges.

French drains are not the only drainage management solution. We also design and install rain gardens as well as dry wells. If your yard tends to turn into a swamp during the rainy season, contact Landscape East & West and let us help you find the right soggy lawn solution.