Our new house has two downspouts on the each side of the front of the house. They both at one time went into the ground which as I understand is the way they use to do this but is considered bad now. A few months before we bought the house, one of these lines backed up due to tree roots and flooded the basement. The basement was repaired and the foundation was waterproofed in that area but the pipe the tree roots breached was not fixed. Before agreeing to buy the house we made the seller relocate this downspout. Their brillant solution was to redirect it into the small garden directly in front of the house. So the water wouldn't reach the foundation, they dug a trench with the heel of their foot in the garden which fills up with water when it rains which is obviously not ideal. The problem we're having is we can't figure out where to redirect this downspout as there's no clear path to the lawn. In that corner of the house, the driveway is on one side and the walkway to the front door is in front of the house. We thought about redirecting it to the driveway but the driveway is pretty level so the water would just sit there. We thought about buying one of those rolly things that rolls out when it rains but don't think it would roll itself over the retaining stones in the garden to get to the lawn. What would you do? Also any idea why the brick near the ground is a different color? Is it water damage? Is that nomal?