Downspout runoff can cause flooding around the foundation of your house and lead to foundation damage and wood rot. These common problems can be prevented and fixed with a NDS catch basin set under the downspout to catch the water and divert it away from the foundation of your home. Check it out here! http://www.ndspro.com/drainage-systems/catch-basins-and-grates/catch-basins-and-grates-category-overview
Create Cottage Charm - Planting along your sidewalk can help accent your home's architectural style. Here's a tip: Check your city's rules about planting in this space; some places have restrictions on how tall plants can grow.