Natural Land Drainage Services in Central New York

Stuck with standing water and improper drainage that saturates your property and causes damage? We'll reshape your land to improve runoff and resolve moisture problems


What Is Natural Land Drainage?

Natural land drainage is an eco-friendly approach to resolving standing water and moisture issues on your land. Instead of installing a manufactured system, we reshape your land to direct water into appropriate areas. This is achieved by working the land to create features like ditches, dugouts, berms, or dams. Clean-fill may also be used to re-grade and level low spots.
This fixes common issues like waterlogged areas and flooding while improving soil quality and even plant growth. It's a natural and cost-effective solution that's better for both you and the environment.

Land Drainage Services We Offer

Land Grading

Grading and levelling your land is an easy way to fix problems with standing water and improving runoff during heavy rains and spring melt


Excavating a ditch is a great solution for moving large quantities of water and greatly improves drainage on your property


If you deal with low-spots that constantly turn into ponds, we can raise and level the ground with clean-fill to eliminate the problem


A berm is an easy way to improve drainage and provide a dry surface for access roads in waterlogged areas prone to standing moisture


Need to collect water for animals or agriculture? A properly-excavated dugout can extend water supplies during our dry seasons


Whether you're looking to dry out a piece of land or increase a body of water, we can build earthen dams to keep it exactly where you want

Why Choose Our Team?

We know you have many choices when it comes to natural land drainage in Central New York. Here's a few reasons to consider our friendly team for your excavation needs


We've operated out of Syracuse for over 17 years and have helped countless folks like you improve the drainage on their land in a natural and beautiful way. From ditches to dams, we've seen it all.


Life, work, and play, we do it all here in Central New York. Locally owned, locally operated, locally focused. We're not just your foundation contractor, we might even be your next door neighbor.


From first phone call to leaving your site, our aim is to deliver friendly service the whole way through. Because you shouldn't have to deal with gruff and grumpy contractors.


Your project matters to our team. It's why going the extra mile and finding solutions is in our blood. No half-measures or leaving before the job is done right, we're committed to your success.

What To Know About Natural Land Drainage

  • Knowledge Of The Land

    Shaping the natural landscape to improve drainage isn't as straightforward as it may seem. It takes a fine-grained understanding of soil conditions, moisture capacity, land slope, and the natural flow of water.  

  • Maintaining Aesthetics

    Altering your landscape by re-grading the earth or building berms, ditches, and dams, can dramatically change how your land looks. We know how to effectively manage water while maintaining the aesthetics of your property. 

  • Keep It Legal

    Depending on where your land is located, what the property lines look like, and any environmental regulations in place, you may need to acquire certain permits or permission to avoid headaches later on. Our team can help you identify potential roadblocks and give advice on overcoming them.


How Your Land Drainage Project Works

Not sure what goes into having your land reshaped to improve natural drainage and manage water? You're not alone! That's why we make the entire process simple and streamlined for you

  • 1

    Consultation & Assessment

    Your natural land drainage project starts with a friendly consult with our team to help us understand your needs. We'll explain all the steps along the way so you know exactly what to expect.

  • 2

    Planning & Preparation

    Once we know your needs, we'll create a clear plan on how to meet them. Everything is communicated to you before we do it, so you never feel out of the loop.

  • 3

    Work Time!

    On the day we're scheduled to perform the work, our crews will show up on-time and ready to go. Excavation might sound messy, but our experienced operators are dedicated to keeping your site clean and leaving nothing behind except an outstanding result.

"I chose CDP Excavating Services based on its ratings and am happy to provide my own review now. Jason, Greg, and the CDP crew performed well above my expectations. The price for the work was very reasonable, and they did a lot of hard work!"

Meg R. | Syracuse, NY

Let's Get Your Land Drainage Project Started

Common Questions About Land Drainage in New York

Questions about excavation work for your trenching project? We have answers below! Don't see your question? Get in touch and we'll be happy to help

Can I perform my own natural land drainage?

Handling small pieces of land on your own may be possible, but we typically recommend engaging with a professional contractor. Natural drainage is tricky, if done incorrectly it could actually lead to more problems and even more work to fix it.

Will natural land drainage change how my property looks?

Yes, implementing natural land drainage often involves reshaping areas of your landscape, which can change its overall appearance. However, with careful planning, these changes can in fact enhance your property's aesthetic appeal and value.

Do I need permission for natural land drainage?

Permission or permits for your land drainage depend on local regulations, the type and extent of changes, and your location. It's always a good idea to check with your local authorities before commencing work. If you need advice on accomplishing this, just ask!

How much water can natural drainage manage?

While natural drainage effectively handles water and reduces flooding under normal conditions, it may (like any system) struggle with exceptionally heavy rainfall or melt. The effectiveness of your drainage depends on the design, installation, and local climate.

What happens if you find underground lines or pipes?

Before we do any excavation work our team checks for the locations of underground utilities. However, there are times where a utility may not be marked on drawings. If we discover any unmarked infrastructure, we'll immediately stop to resolve the situation before continuing.

How can I get a price quote for my project?

It's easy, simply get in touch with us using the contact form below! Describe your project and our team will get in touch with you to determine your needs. You'll receive a clear quote that details work to be done and the cost. We pride ourselves on accurate and honest quotes.

Get In Touch With Us

Need an estimate or have questions about natural land drainage services in Central New York? We're here to help you, use the contact form or information below to connect with our friendly team. 

Contact Info

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Areas That CDP Excavating Serves in Central New York

Albion, Amboy, Baldwinsville, Boylston, Camillus, Central Square, Cicero, Clay, Cleveland, Constantia, DeWitt, Fabius, Fulton, Geddes, Granby, Hannibal, Hastings, Lacona, Lafayette, Lysander, Manlius, Marcellus, Mexico, Minetto, New Haven, Onondaga, Orwell, Oswego, Otisco, Palermo, Parish, Phoenix, Pompey, Pulaski, Redfield, Richland, Salina, Sandy Creek, Schroeppel, Scriba, Skaneateles, Stafford, Tully, Vanburen, Volney, West Monroe, Williamstown