fixing patio drainage problems
dig a trench and fill with gravel
add decorative, low maintenance plants
Create a Gravel Drain
If replacing the weep screed is not an option, the solution is to create a new drain for the water to pass through. If installing a new drain is not possible, another option is to create what’s known as a French, or gravel, drain.
Dig a trench, directing it away from the area of problem drainage, and fill with gravel; the trench will direct moisture into a more desirable location (Image 1).
Add decorative, low-maintenance plants such as horsewhips (Image 2). Cut through the plant root with a knife, separating the foliage into small sections.
Plant the sections and cover the soil around the plants with pea gravel for a finished look (Image 3).