I live in a neighbourhood of of tightly spaced, narrow 2 1/2 story houses. My neighbours' house is about 5 feet away from mine. I have basement leaking and want to grade the soil at the side of my house so that it drains away from my house, but obviously I can't just slope it into his basement. Is it possible to slope the soil the length of the house (about 35 feet) so it drains to the front and rear of our houses or do I need to install some kind of drain?
Also, there's very little sunlight between the houses so there is no grass growing, just soil. Once I put new soil down, do I need to seed grass and hope it might grow? I'd prefer to leave it as soil if that is fine for water.