Questions tagged [drainage]

Ability for water to drain through soil. Use this with questions about what techniques, tools, materials to use to increase or decrease drainage of the soil or other planting medium.

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Can I connect a french drain to my down spout?

Since I live on a hill where and because of the way my house is positioned, and I have neighbors behind me and next door, I have to drain forward, towards the sidewalk. I know there are major ...
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Which diameter corrugated pipe should I use for a French drain?

My area gets a lot of precipitation so I want to install French drains and rebuild some retaining walls. I know I need some perforated corrugated pipe, but I’m not sure which diameter to get. Should ...
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Best Base For Zero-Scape Rock Garden?

My wife and I are in the midst of a pretty massive (at least for us) landscaping project in our yard and we are to the point where I think it's important to get some advice from people who actually ...
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How were French drains constructed prior to geotextiles?

How were French drains constructed prior to geotextiles? My understanding is that geotextiles act as a filter to stop particulates from clogging up the area around the rocks or pipe, so that water ...
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How to balcony garden in a pot without drainage holes?

I plan on using containers of various sizes (10L, 20L, 200L, 1000L) for growing vegetables for fun but have impediments to providing drainage holes, such as: no large enough tray available pot ...
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How much topsoil on top of clay to level sloping garden

Hi I have a separated garden first is lawn and the second was a play area with a (10m x 6m)membrane over clay with bark. We have now removed bark and want a level lawn but my problem is how do I level ...
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How do some seeds germinate and flourish in soil filled pots?

I have regularly seen people not recommending plain soil for pots, since the roots of the newly generated seedlings suffocate in the lack of oxygen due to its compact nature and lack of water drainage....
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Laying a raised lawn above a concrete slab

I hope you are well. I've scoured the internet for a good answer to this, but can't find anything definitive and keep reading contrary articles and recommendations. I have a rolled gravel patio ...
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Can I use cat litter in potting mix? Has anyone tried it?

I've read in some bonsai forums that it's possible to use cat litter in alternative to the traditional bonsai soil, which is really expensive. I want to try it in the potting mix I'm making for my ...
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A material that holds little water suitable for potting mix for interior plants?

I'm working on a potting mix for interior plants. And I want it to hold very little water and it should have great aeration and drainage. I'm looking for a material (organic/inorganic) that is cheap ...
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Balcony forest clearing [duplicate]

Please edit away the title to anything more suitable; I am not a native English speaker. Now to the point. An apartment in temperate climate. A garden of about half a cubic meter of soil spread in ...
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Can I use the gathered sticks from my yard for "to-be-compressed landfill landscaping"?

What is the harm of mixing common natural materials (wood, vines, roots, rocks) in with soil for landscaping? On first thought, it seems compressible objects like wood will compress (and decompose) to ...
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Will the new soil hill in our backyard cause water damage to our neighbor’s house below us?

In order to maximize the amount of play space in our backyard, we recently had many yards of soil brought in. We live on a slope. Our neighbors home behind our backyard is about 3 feet below our ...
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Turf laid just on topsoil?

I have a new long garden raised path that has been built up both sides with concrete. What happens if I just lay top soil on this & then turf. How much topsoil & should it be fertilised? Will ...
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How far should a mulberry tree be from my house's foundation?

I have a 17 year old huge mulberry tree in my backyard, about 29 ft from the house. Also it's close to the backyard drainage. Is that OK or could it harm the house foundation?
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What's the right way to protect this brick if I want to pile soil up in front of it?

Problem Water pools up next to the house because it's the low point on the soil side of things. Solution I'd like to have a lot of dirt brought in that will raise this ~6-8 inches to encourage the ...
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Drainage design for planter boxes

I am designing 2ft x 6ft planter boxes to be set on concrete. I'd rather not have to install a bottom. Could drainage be provided by using 1 inch PVC pipe with multiple holes drilled in them ...
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How to remove High Performance Bedding (HPB) from the bottom of my raised garden bed without disturbing the surrounding interlocking?

I recently got my backyard interlocked and had a stone garden wall installed (6 feet long, 3 feet wide and 15 inches tall). The garden wall is surrounded by interlocking on 3 sides and a wall on the ...
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Does bottom watering basil work?

I have a couple basil plants growing in pots. Normally I'm told that I should water it from the top and let it drain fully through the holes on the bottom of the pot. Can I bottom water these plants ...
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Grass For Low-Maintenance Drainage Ditch in Austin Texas

I'm trying to figure out what would be the best grass to plant in a drainage ditch behind my house. Specifically, I'm looking for something that best meets the following criteria: lowest maintenance ...
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How to make well-drained sandy soil from potting mix?

I want to plant sage, which is said to grow best in well-drained "sandy soil". I bought some potting mix from the hardware store. Is off-the-shelf potting mix already sandy, well drained soil? ...
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Drainage problem on sloping driveway

I have a driveway that has a slope. I have a flowerbed right next to the driveway that wraps around the front of the house. The slope causes water to stand after rain or water use and dirt runs onto ...
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Marigold is dying? Recent transplant

I very recently bought two Marigold plants and transplanted them into a large ceramic pot with no drainage plug. Its a really large basin, I put potting mix and soil. Made sure I watered prior to ...
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Would a vernal pond (as either a retention basin or a infiltration basin) be a viable solution for this drainage issue?

So my backyard is showing some heavy pooling issues. I am in Southern Maine, USA The lowest point (picture 1) is, unfortunately pretty close to the garage pier foundation, and when the water pools it ...
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How can i improve drainage in my containers if potting soil or the components that make up potting soil aren't available in my city?

I have quite a few container plants and most take about an hour (some even more) for the excess water to drain out completely. I raised the issue with my local nursery and they tell me it's fine, no ...
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Contractor regraded and sodded to direct water away - grass now within 1/2 inch or at top of foundation

I have just had some work done to correct a drainage problem at my house. The engineers specs said to "lower the soil against the house (which I found out means raise the soil up because water is ...
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How to minimize rot when building raised bed from sleepers?

I am building a raised bed for vegetables out of pressure treated sleepers and I need to put them over concrete. I live in UK and there is more than enough humidity so I do want to prolong their life ...
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How to know if my pond is leaking?

Dealing with a manmade pond and a lot (real estate) next to it that's owned be someone else. The pond is about 85 feet across with a dam on one side. The dam is close to the other lot and water is at ...
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Cucumber plants wilting and dying outside during a rainy summer

I have several cucumber plants planted outside (I'm in Zone 4). They are planted in large containers or raised garden beds. hey were doing okay until about a week ago when we started having rain ...
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Fungus on bottom of Dracaena Lemon Surprise

I'm taking care of a Dracaena "Lemon Surprise" potted plant that I've had for roughly a year. Overall it seems to be doing really well; its top, newer leaves are vibrant and dark green with ...
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How should I improve boggy soil where a pond used to be?

I have just filled in a large pond.I Drained the pond and removed the liner. I used bricks and stones to line the bottom and the bought 4 tons of top soil and a ton of soil improver and rotted horse ...
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hoya in the garden, behind a pergola

I have a huge pergola, beyond which there is a garden. The roof one solid unit, so no light or rain may pass through. The garden is dominated by fruit trees, and then two small plots of cacti, far ...
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Scoria coarse "sand" for my Haworthias and others

I don't find horticulture-grade pumice available locally. So, I bought some scoria and sifted it. I got three grain sizes, with two shown here: The third is whatever passed through the finest sieve. ...
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Drainage question; tall, cylindrical pot vs stouter one

I recently repotted a Euphorbia Milii that hasn't been doing too well. I posted a question on the forum, and it seemed like the pot was too large. Specifically, I got this answer from a helpful forum ...
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What type of soil do I have

I was digging to see what kind of soil I have and I found this gray rust brown layer. It's like clay when compressed but kind of crumbles in chunks. It's around 6" from the top. I'm curious how this ...
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Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns)

I am pretty new to keeping plants, and I have a Euphorbia Milii as a houseplant now sitting in a terracotta pot. I planted it in cactus soil, and I generally water it well, waiting for the soil to dry ...
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New topsoil has puddles on it

Problem My new front garden seems to have pools of water on it for a good few hours after rain. Background I've just had the front garden redesigned, leaving us with a brand new area for planting and ...
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Side yard flooded, low spots near patio, nasty bare clay spots.. best route to take?

I've always loved reading these posts but never thought to make an account. So here goes nothing. New homeowner, want to fix the drainage issues and get some trouble areas growing. -My side yard ...
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Why are my neighbor's front yard sprinklers causing a large water build up on my front lawn?

Whenever my neighbor's sprinklers go off it leaves a huge amount of water on my lawn. How come this is happening? See large puddle around the tree:
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Digging French Drains - Rent Mini-X or Tractor Loader Backhoe?

I'll be digging a few french drains in my backyard. I'll need to dig the trenches, smooth them out with right slope; put in a few inches of drainage stone; lay the pipe; more drainage stone; top off ...
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What’s the ideal slope for draining a garden with clay soil?

Our garden is in the central region of Thailand which has very clay soil. The house is built on a raised plot of land, about 70cm higher than the surrounding area. The land was raised because this ...
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How to reclaim my backyard that has turned into a swamp?

Problem Anyone on the East Coast of the US is probably aware of what a rainy year it has been. As of my writing this, the last six months in Northern Virginia have had more rain (1149mm at Dulles ...
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What drainage can we do for the area with utilities lines?

There are an electric meter, a Dish TV stand, and other stuff at one side of my house. The two downspouts are on that side. Both end with a splash pad to the ground surface. Over time, the lawn ...
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French drainage design for backyard

I got a .2 acre (close to) rectangular backyard, slight slope. No puddle, yet the lawn feels wet. Or at least it takes longer to dry up after rain. Sometimes, when my neighbors started mowing, my lawn ...
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What is an ideal amount and location for drainage holes in a plastic grow bag?

I've seen this, but my question is about grow bags like these: There are just 4 holes punched at the sides. Questions: 1. Don't they need holes at the bottom too? I'm suspecting water might be ...
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Bed Up Against Wooden Fence

I have several planting beds along my wooden fence. A landscape architect told me to simply put a board along the fence side to prevent the fence from rotting. I did this but now the board settling ...
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Lawn becomes waterlogged during heavy periods of rain during Winter months

I am in the process of purchasing a house with a fairly decent sized garden (for us anyway) cica 25L/mtrs long by 8 L/mtrs in width. I am told by other people that we know in the road and by our new ...
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Can a wooden fence support raising/levelling a garden?

I have a garden that is not completely flat that I am planing to level and could use some advice please. The image below shows the layout of the garden currently. If I look out from the house at the ...
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Drainage problems and replacing existing grass

We have a lot of standing water after rain. Also our grass is "mushy" long after the rain has past. What is the best drainage and how do I prep my soil for new grass? Standing water:
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Weep holes in garden retaining wall

I have a garden (20 x 20 feet) which has a retaining wall of nearly 10 feet on two sides. The garden has a gradient and slopes about 1 to 2 feet towards the retaining walls from the highest point ...