Mount Airy, MD – Backyard Regrading Renovation

December 15, 2016 // By Colleen Baldree

“My husband and I needed to secure help at our daughter’s home in Mt Airy, Maryland.  During rainfalls, her basement was flooding due to water runoff from the forested area located behind her home.  As we live in North Carolina, we needed to trust a local professional to work with us.  We were referred to Scott Brown and Damascus Enterprises by our in-laws who are longtime Damascus residents.  With Scott’s guidance, we coordinated a phased solution to mitigate the flooding.

Initially, Scott suggested that we install a new, wider gutter system on the rear of the house.  Damascus Enterprises was our long distance contractor to locate and sub a reputable company to complete a new gutter and downspout installation.

We then cleared trees in the rear yard’s forested area to begin the process of regrading to redirect the water runoff away from the home’s foundation wall.

This phase of the project necessitated the application of herbicide to kill off the remaining underbrush from the forest clearing.  Once the herbicide was maximally effective, Scott arrived with his crews.

For the next week, Damascus Enterprises set up GoPro technology, dug stumps, cleared underbrush, moved earth, created new slopes and contoured new swales, delivered hundreds of yards of amended soil, installed nearly 5 tons of Pennsylvania boulders to construct a stairway, re-engineered a hardscape paver pathway, and seeded and strawed a large lawn area.

Scott was gracious to work with.  He and his crews WORK hard.  Scott was on site every day working with his crews and checking the project’s progress.  Prior to contract, Scott listened to all of our concerns and was patient with our questions.  After the project was finished, one small part of a constructed swale failed after a heavy downpour and Scott’s crew returned to tweak it for us.

To sum up our experience, Scott was a pleasure to work with.  His product knowledge, professionalism, landscaping talent, and ability to hire (and retain) a hardworking team is all you would want in a landscaper.  The final phase of our project was ambitious and nothing we could have handled without Scott’s understanding, talent and support.”

Watch the renovation in progress!

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