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Ability for water to drain soil

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How can I drain water from a low spot in my garden when I have no lower spot to drain to?

I have a low spot in the back of my yard that pools excessive water after a rain. The only lower spot than that is my neighbor's yard (there is a brief upslope between my yard and his) so I cannot ...
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How can I water the plants on my balcony without dripping water on my downstairs neighbor?

I live in an apartment with a balcony and I'm having issues figuring out the best way to handle my drainage. I have a neighbor below me and don't want any water dripping down on her patio. Are there ...
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Can I drill drainage holes on the side of the container?

This is a cross-section of a container. Most containers have a drainage hole on the bottom. I've marked that hole with an asterisk. | | | | | | \___*___/ The problem with ...
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How to get proper drainage in a pot with a built-in saucer?

I bought a 16'' wide plastic pot with a built-in saucer. The saucer is removable. On the inside of the pot, there are 4 holes where the saucer connects with the pot and 4 other tiny holes that appear ...
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Can you have too much drainage in a garden?

I plan on using some of these drainage bricks to build a retaining wall. The installation of the drainage bricks recommends that a drainage layer is used to route the water away from the base of ...
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How to grow Trailing Rosemary as a ground cover in very heavy clay?

I want to cover a large area that is on a steep slope with ground cover. There is absolutely no soil at all, it's all pure clay: hard rock when dry and soft when wet. I was thinking of putting a ...
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How to improve coral atoll “soils”

My Parents are currently living on a small pacific coral atoll. Coral atolls, for the most part don't have much soil. Mostly they just have coral sands. These "soils" are very well drained (and they ...
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What should I consider when putting raised garden beds on concrete?

I have a bunch of raised garden bed frames, and I'm considering putting them on a slab of concrete that I have in my back yard. I wanted to avoid putting them on the grass, as when I've done this ...
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What is this drain hole in my lawn?

Not sure if this question belongs here or at diy.stackexchange.com I bought my house a few months ago and have noticed a long and narrow strip that is mostly bare of grass in my backyard. I have no ...
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Is drainage important in Greenhouse beds?

I just finished building my first greenhouse! I built in beds on the shelves along the wall that can have up to 10 inches of soil. (I'm planning on putting 8 inches in.) I lined the bottom of the beds ...
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proper drainage in aluminum foil dish, container

I have a bunch of aluminum foil dishes that are maybe 3" deep: I'm going to fill with soil and put on the roof of my apartment building. How should I prepare the container? Specifically, how do I ...
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How do I make a wooden container fit for growing stuff in it?

I have bought a number of used wooden containers that I would like to grow Thuja trees and various vegetables in: they are about 1 foot wide, 2 feet long, and 1 foot tall. Being an amateur in ...
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Can an evergreen fern be adapted for indoor use?

I was hoping to find a fern houseplant at the gardening store, but the next best thing I could find was a potted evergreen fern, Dryopteris Affinis Crispa. I would have thought it's small size and ...
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What is a suitable slope for a lawn to drain water away from a house?

We're about to level our front yard. It will be partly sown with grass, and partly planted with trees & shrubs, though it may not be completely relevant to this question. What is a suitable slope ...
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How do I determine the proper way to drain a yard?

I have an issue with a small area of my lot collecting a couple inches of water pretty much any time it rains. It takes it a few days before the water finally evaporates or soaks into the yard. I ...
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Can I use crushed stone instead of pea gravel for drainage?

In another question I was advised to use pea gravel for french drains. Now, as it happens, a previous owner put down a lot of weed matting and covered it with perhaps 5cm of gravel. My best guess, ...
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How to create a living driveway resistant to heavy Canadian winters?

I want to create a living driveway. I saw a clip on TV the other night about 'rain gardens' that absorb run-off and help filter water into the aquifer as opposed to dumping it into storm drains. ...
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How do I improve drainage vertically through clayey soil?

I live on a hill where the soil has lots of clay. My back garden has been terraced with small (1m) retaining walls. The net result is that we have several lawns / gardens with the following ...
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How can I drain lawn with very little slope?

I have a depression on the side of my lawn where rain and sprinkler water collects. There used to be a plastic lined pond and a lot of rock (for the last 5-8 years) that I suspect blocked the water ...
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If I fix some drainage for my waterlogged pumpkin, will they revive?

I've been growing pumpkins in home made growbags (old cat litter bags filled with well rotted horse manure). Obviously I have to remember to put plenty of holes in the base of the bags. One pumpkin ...