I have a small area by the front of my house that currently has a Yoshino Cherry Tree, 4 Bordeaux Dwarf Yaupon Holly, and 4 Indian Hawthornes, and cypress mulch. This area is roughly 12'x14', give or take. The front half of this has adequate slope, whereas the back of it doesn't(think the shape of a hill or bell curve). The quick fix would be to dump a lot of dirt on the back end so that it becomes the high point and water can naturally roll off the slope, but that would force the dirt to be too high up against the house. I cant grade the front half to be lower than the backend as this would make that area way too low, not to mention that would be a ton of dirt to dispose of. The obvious concern is the water that sits on the back end that is closest to the house. I've thought of either doing the following: 1)Install french drain with pvc pipe, 2-3 catch basins, atrium grates or 2)French drain pvc pipe only or 2)No french drain, just PVC pipe+2-3 catch basins and atrium grates. My concerns would be the fact that this drain would be installed close to the house(approximately 6-8inches from the house) and the effects of the french drain on the georgia red clay. Due to how close this is to the house, could this pose problems for the house(cracked foundation,etc)? Also, if I were to drill small holes at the bottom of the catch basins to help rid of any standing water, would this also pose any problems with relation to the georgia red clay and the house? Thanks!