This spring I hope to accomplish several things around the house. Currently my worst problem is water runoff running from one side of my property to the other. I am at the bottom of a hill they built a subdivision on within the past 10 years. I don't think they properly planned the neighbor hood because the more homes they build it seems the worse my driveway and yard wash away. I can see like a layer of water just running through the grass. Before I bought the home the previous contractor did put in a French drain on the upper side of the property but it's not enough. I have enough runoff that water is forming a stream up against the brick foundation (I know this is bad).
I also use side of the house near the French drain to park my trailer (I don't run over the drain just incase). I thought about using a product called true grid pavers. I think a solid surface would just add to my water problems. Has anyone used these or any experience.
My other plan is to dig about a 6"x6" trench around the house and use a sand barrier to fill the trench and add soil to keep the water away from the foundation (I hear there is a sand the termites can't dig through but have not found it yet).
I have a few other plans like putting in a rubber boarder and possibly some decorative rock around the house but not a priority. My other problem is when one of the previous owners filled in the swimming pool with trees that are starting to rot. Now sinkholes developing in the yard, this is on the lower side of the yard. Figure this is enough work to keep me busy for a few months if not years.