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7 Signs you have a drainage problem

Catching draining problems early can save you loads of money later.  By taking care of the problem before you have puddles in your basement, not to mention hundreds of dollars of damage, you’ll be spared not only the money, but a huge headache too.  If you are not a professional, however, diagnosing these problems could be a challenge.  So here are some easy tips to help you spot the problem before it occurs.  And, as with all of your landscaping needs, JBird’s is the reliable company to call.  They have installed French drains all throughout the Pittsburgh area, so call them today for a free quote and to determine if an installation is right for you.    

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THE LATEST TRENDS IN HARDSCAPING

The term “hardscaping” refers to heavier elements in landscape design such as stones, rocks, patios, and waterfalls.  The term “softscaping” is used to describe those 

lighter elements such as soil, trees, plants, and flowerbeds.  Hardscapes are comprised of nonliving materials then while softscapes are made up of living things. This year, we have seen many trends in hardscaping, all of which add appeal to your yard and can complement your softscapes very well. 
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WHY SHOULD I INSTALL A FRENCH DRAIN?

Have you ever had flooding in your yard? Or, does your basement fill up with water after a spring rain? If you have had these or other drainage problems on your property, J Birds Landscaping in 
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10 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT RETAINING WALLS

Retaining wall installation in the Pittsburgh area is our specialty here at J Bird’s Landscaping! Deciding on which retaining wall you will use due to the investment in money can take some time and much thought. We want you to make an informed decision! Here are 10 things you should know about retaining walls that will help you to create the perfect wall with these professional retaining wall contractors in Pittsburgh!
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO INSTALL A FRENCH DRAIN?

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO INSTALL A FRENCH DRAIN?

A French drain is a trench used to direct surface groundwater away from a certain area, installed either inside or outside of a structure. The trench uses perforated PVC piping, is filled with gravel or stone and then a layer of sod or dirt covers the trench. Because of the complexities that can change when installing a French drain, the cost of installing one can change or be different due to many different factors.

Exterior French drain installation is usually priced by the linear foot, depending on the depth and width of the trench. Interior French drains, or drains that must be installed in the interior of a home due to no alternative for basement waterproofing, are priced differently.

An interior French drain involves a tremendous amount of planning, excavating, and interior work, including cutting a channel in and around the basement to lay the perforated PVC pipe. This hard work equals higher prices but great rewards for the structures owner.  Interior French drains are usually installed for a lump sum price due to the work involved. If a sump pump must be installed, this will increase the price of the installation as expected.

Contact J Bird’s Landscaping for your local French drain installation needs and questions. 

USING A RETAINING WALL FOR CREATIVE LANDSCAPING

Retaining walls are historically used to restrain the earth and prevent land from moving, a feat in engineering. The retaining walls of today are being used creatively in the modern design of the walls, and in the overall landscape picture of the space. Here is Pittsburgh, the professionals at J Birds Landscaping are working hard at creating beautiful, unique retaining walls that are functional and appealing.
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RETAINING WALL TRENDS

Today, designers are using retaining walls as a feature on properties just as much as they do for functionality. Not only can a retaining wall help to keep the earth in place, they are beautiful and improve the overall look of your home and garden. At J Birds, we know a thing or two about retaining walls. Talk to us about your Pittsburgh retaining wall needs and we will help you make the best decision for you! Here are the current, top retaining wall trends, that are most popular today.
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J BIRDS LANDSCAPING and EXCAVATING SERVICES: What we can Do for YOU!

J Birds Landscaping and Excavating Services has grown over the years from your local neighborhood grass cutter to your choice for Pittsburgh excavation services. We can do it all! We provide numerous services for our customers, from residential landscaping needs to commercial trucking and hauling, J Birds is your go-to for Pittsburgh landscaping and excavation services.
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Do I Need a French Drain?

A French drain is a slightly sloped trench, filled with round gravel and a pipe, which diverts water away from your building’s foundation, or other another area, such as a parking lot, by using the principle of gravity. It is not named after the country but after Henry French, a judge and Farmer from Concord, MA, in 1859 who promoted the idea.  A French drain provides an easy channel for the water to flow through and then to empty into a safe distance away from your protected structure or area.
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