Kingspoint Drainage Solutions

This lovely house, tucked away at the end of a Kingspoint cul-de-sac, overlooked a beautiful wooded ravine. But the view of the ravine came at a price. The steep slopes typical of the ravines in our area make it tricky to site a house properly. As we’ve seen time and time again, the house had been placed on the property in such a way that it acted as a dam, slowing and trapping water in the front yard.

Accumulation of Dirt and Debris

If the original site plan had been thought through a little more carefully, it wouldn’t have been too much of a problem, but the builders installed a driveway and walkway at the front of the house that were too flat to adequately drain water away, and no attempt was made to keep water from rushing down planting beds. As a result, large amounts of dirt were accumulating at the front walkway with each rainstorm.

A Malfunctioning Drainage Swale

At the side of the house, a rip rap drainage channel had been installed to funnel runoff down the side of the house, but since it wasn’t correctly installed and had become overgrown with weeds, water began to drain alongside the house foundation instead, and it was eroding soil.

Hertzler and George’s approach to the drainage problems on the property was to keep the rain runoff moving from the cul-de-sac to the back yard as directly and quickly as possible, and to keep it away from erodible areas like mulched planting beds. But tearing out the existing driveway and installing a new, properly sloped one was too expensive, so we had to find a way to work with what we had. H&G developed two concepts for the client, identifying all the problem areas an recommending solutions. This allowed the clients to determine their priorities, and figure out how much they wanted to spend.

Concept A

This concept uses turf in the center island to stabilize soil that had been eroding onto the driveway. It also features an exposed aggregate drainage channel to the east of the house and a small brick terrace off the back of the house. A chalet stone drainage swale at the top of the island diverts water off the mulch and onto the driveway.


Concept B


This concept keeps the existing planting in the driveway island and supplements it with groundcover to stabalize the soil. It features a curving drainage channel along the house and a larger patio and terraces in the back yard. As with most projects, the clients selected the features they liked from both options, and we combined them into a final plan for construction.

Diversion Swale

One of the main issues was water draining from the cul-de-sac through the driveway planting bed, washing soil and mulch onto the pavement. To keep runoff out of driveway planting bed, H&G installed a river rock swale in the front to divert water away from the bed and onto the driveway. The swale is complemented by plantings, boulders and a decorative stacked stone wall to give a natural look. We also added extra plantings throughout the bed that once established, will help keep the soil and mulch in place.

Planting Bed Edging

To keep water moving on the driveway, we also installed concrete curbs along the edges of the drive in the areas that were most susceptible to erosion. And as an extra precaution, we installed a drain in one of the flattest spots along the driveway.

Walkway Drainage Swale

Finally at the side of the house H&G removed the rip rap and installed a concrete drainage channel to flush water around the house. This allows the water to move quickly without the weed and maintenance problem you sometimes get with rip rap, and it also provides a pathway for easier access around the house.

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Always Helpful

Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!


Five Stars All Around

We hired H&G to help us re-do our landscaping after a different local landscaping company did a sub par job with plant selections and installations. That company also was very hard to deal with. H&G stepped right up with Jennifer creating a new planting scheme comprising of native plants with some we had never seen before and which we love! She is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with – a true landscaping charm! Jon did the installations and also did a fantastic job. He was very meticulous on planting and finishing the job neatly with mulch. Unlike that other company’s installer, Jon left us extremely happy with the job done. Customer service on the phone – pleasant, patient and helpful. The only, and ever so minor aspect of their work, is they don’t offer a guarantee on the plants or install. I suppose that’s becoming industry standard. However, now looking over all the plantings with a bit of time passing, I am confident that there won’t need to be any replacements. Watering is of course the key element. Thank you H&G, the country cottage landscaping we’ve wanted is now ours – FIVE STARS!

Chris Dombrowski
Ford's Colony | Homeowner

True professionals

Had these guys build a surface-grade patio in May 2023. They looked at the project, sent me a proposed scope of work and contract via email, took a deposit of 1/2 the total via bank transfer. They set a date weeks later to start the job. They showed up on time, worked professionally and cleaned up at the end of the day. Whole job took 3 days, and they even replaced all the patio furniture on the last day. The final product was precisely what I asked for, done in a high-quality, workmanlike way.

H&G are not the cheapest guys out there, but for the extra money you get a professional product, professionally executed, on time, on budget. Honestly: I don’t think it gets any better than that.


Ken Blakely

Beyond Satisfied

We had an ugly uneven weedy patio and a driveway that needed reshaping and gravel. The transformation is stunning. Your representative Brian was patient and helpful in designing repairs to our satisfaction and your work crew was exceptional. Edwardo the work site foreman was extremely knowledgeable and professional and created a beautiful patio. His crew was superior.

Tim & Cynthia Porter

Joe Hertzler goes the extra mile

Hertzler and George were contracted to perform some landscaping for a seller of mine to get the home ready to show. They had just finished an extensive re-landscaping of the next door neighbors entire yard. I was very impressed by their attention to detail and their desire to satisfy their client. Joe Hertzler goes the extra mile to achieve complete client satisfaction. They provide a complete mix of landscaping design services and maintenance of existing landscaping

Tim Parker
Liz Moore Real Estate