Landscaping with proper drainage is the key to controlling excess water from heavy rains or snow melt. The Housing and Redevelopment Authority in the City of Bloomington, MN a Minneapolis suburb had a property in need with a drainage problem.

AAA Reick’s Landscaping and Waterproofing was called upon by the HRA for a basement waterproofing solution. They needed three competitive bids for landscaping and water control for a home that they owned.

These older homes often have a wet basement after heavy rains. After comparing the design and pricing provided by the contractors they selected AAA Reick’s Landscaping and Waterproofing for their project.

Problem Landscape Drainage Areas

The home was in need of curb appeal and the city knew it was important that they kept the neighborhood looking respectable. Bushes, rock and all other landscaping materials were in tough shape and needed restoration. One window well was too low and needed some extra height . Now was also a great time for exterior waterproofing by regrading around the foundation of the home for proper drainage away from the basement walls.

How did you solve the drainage problem?

Our work areas were cleared of edging, weed barrier and other unwanted materials. We built a well ring with small block and installed compactible soil to the planting beds with a good slope towards street.

Next colorful shrubs and bushes were evenly spaced and installed according to the landscape design. New edging, weed barrier, and a multicolored river to the rock beds was a nice touch. Last, we spread fresh top soil and premium grass seed to the border areas.


  • 5 Yards compactable soil
  • Weed barrier
  • 40 Feet landscape edging
  • 4 Ton River rock
  • 6 Small well block
  • premium grass seed
  • 1 Fire Ball Burning Bush
  • 3 Tauton Yews
  • 1 Slowmound Mugho Pine

Homeowner’s Comments

The neighbors thanked us, said it looked great and added a spark to the neighborhood!