Dig a French drain to prevent a downspout-fed lake from forming in your yard. A hole thats 4 deep and 4 wide should do the trick. Dig it under your downspout, line it with heavy plastic sheeting (or whatever your local building code requires), and fill it with gravel. You can add plants on top of the drain, but cover the gravel with landscape fabric before adding dirt. Another option is a trench-type drain, which moves water away from your house rather than directing it deep into the ground.

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Dig a French drain to prevent a downspout-fed lake from forming in your yard. A hole thats 4 deep and 4 wide should do the trick. Dig it under your downspout, line it with heavy plastic sheeting (or whatever your local building code requires), and fill it with gravel. You can add plants on top of the drain, but cover the gravel with landscape fabric before adding dirt. Another option is a trench-type drain, which moves water away from your house rather than directing it deep into the ground.

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