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Questions tagged [drainage]

Ability for water to drain soil

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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 ...
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First time home owner, leaky basement, and a poorly graded yard.

First time home buyer here looking for some insight on proper drainage around the base of my house. I'm looking at digging a french drain on the side of my house because water pools there when it ...
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Should i use rocks in a (VERY) large container for gardening? (no drainage)

Alright so, i"m starting a large project and i have two current plans, i"m not very sure which to go with. I'm extremely new to gardening I'm in coastal north carolina, lots of rain. For my eagle ...
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Making boggy ground less boggy and planting trees

Does planting a tree in a boggy ground make that ground less boggy? This is a kind of follow up to another question: How can I improve drainage in a rainy area lawn with little manual labour?
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How can I improve drainage in a rainy area lawn with little manual labour?

My back garden is very boggy ground and it is located in the midlands in Ireland, so this is common. I tried planting trees to take the excess water and that seemed to help for nearly a year, but in ...
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French Drain Below or Above Retaining Wall?

I have water running into my crawl space and part of the reason I believe is from hill run-off above my house. I have 3.5ft high retaining wall all around the uphill side and water comes up underneath ...
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Improve drainage of lawn and boggy border

The lawn at the front of my house slopes down to where it meets with my neighbours half. Running down one side of it and in front of the garage is a border. In one of the photos you can see the end ...
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Standing Water with sidewalk surrounded

The last few days we have had a lot of rain, most of which pooled up to my house foundation. I've managed to divert most of it temporarily to a location further from my house, but it's still an issue. ...
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What's the best way to get turf to grow on stone-filled 1m high gabion retaining garden?

I'm in the UK. We have leveled the bottom of our garden by means of using 1m high gabion baskets filled up with stone, and back filling the whole area again with stone which is about 30m2. The reason ...
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Is there an ideal drainage to soil layer ratio in terrarium etc.?

The question is about the size, ratio and composition of the drainage and soil layers in some improvised terrarium. It's made out of a 8'' (20cm) truncated/shaved off glass sphere (basically a cookie/...
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Clay Yard Drainage Issues

We just moved into a house with a yard that's about 45'x80' with some pretty bad drainage issues. After large rain the whole yard is water logged for days, with a few square yards where it actually ...
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Holding water and good drainage contradiction?

I've looked at some youtube videos, where they say that mediums such as vermiculite allow good drainage, but also have great water holding capabilities. I am newbie gardener, and to me, this is ...
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What is the best way to fix low areas in yard, ponding at times

On the other side of the fence in my neighbors yard is a culvert but I am not positive that I can utilize his yard to help my case. What are my options here?
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Drainage at cement/soil junction

Our Atlanta, GA house has a swimming pool surrounded by cement. At the back, the cement abuts with a narrow strip of soil, maybe 4 feet wide by about 30 feet long, with a fence behind it. The soil ...
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Is there a risk of rot with plastic lining in a raised garden bed?

I'm considering lining the walls (not the bottom) of my soon to be raised garden bed with some heavy/medium duty plastic. I've read that this helps the wood last longer by preventing contact with the ...
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Raised bed on tile floor, covered veranda?

We live in an apartment with a huge veranda. I'd like to build a simple raised bed out there to grow some herbs and a few veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers). If I put in a layer of gravel at the ...
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Making a drywell, without the “drywell”

I am planning some landscaping which would see the addition of a small garden in my yard. On two sides it would be surrounded by a crushed rock barrier strip 1' wide. I was hoping to use this 1' wide ...
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Potential drainage issue?

I excavated the yard to build a stepping stone walkway. There's water collecting at the intersection of the walkway and the city's sidewalk. I'm planning to back-fill and compact with crushed gravel ...
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Are there species that thrive in non-draining pots?

I have a new opening in a pot without drainage where my spider plant resides, which I've decided to move to a more suitable pot for it. I'd like not to leave the old pot empty, but also not to have ...
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Why should you usually not place pebbles, rocks etc at the bottom of a container?

We know that it's a myth that placing rocks, pebbles, broken clay pots etc at the bottom of a container filled with a potting mix improves drainage, and there are various mentions and differing ...
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Best way to run water away from house into the yard/landscape

I have some water that pools up and then runs off of the cement slab right into the paver that is removed. The water then finds its way into the basement. We aren't talking about a lot of water and ...
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

I'm wondering if it's okay to use water that has drained through a houseplant to water another plant. Is it safe for both the other plant and the soil? What I mean is that we use at least 500ml (2 ...
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Maintaining roadside ditches

I live out in a bit of a rural area, so maintaining roadside ditches is something I'm going to have to do. Mostly making sure they don't get overgrown or end up clogged with plants or dirt. I just ...
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What exactly is garden soil, and why shouldn't it be used for potted plants?

Okay, I searched internet but didn't help much, so here is my question, I hope for a detailed answer. What is garden soil? I mean, why it is not recommended for potted plants? Is it because it's ...
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Would holes in the sides of plastic pots impove drainage and aeration?

Since the pots are plastic, they are not breathable. I made enough holes at the bottom to let the excess water seep out. Some time ago, I made some, 1/4 of an inch, holes. But when I watered it ...
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How low should the surface water table be in order to be considered well draining?

My yard has a high water table (creek, and 4 foot elevation about 4 foot elevation over almost all of the yard), where tree roots often just sit at the surface, so I was wondering how low the water ...
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How much drainage is considered “well draining” for a bed that doesn't fully drain?

I have a friend who is building a sunroom garden, and we need to make sure the soil drains well drain into the overflow tank, while still allowing the soil to always be moist. How deep should the ...
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How do I channel heavy water runoff on my sloped desert land?

I live on a sloped lot in desert country. There is little vegetation on the lot - bushes and small trees. When it rains there is 99% runoff. I want to channel the water so that it does not eat away ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

We just bought 28 acres of land with a 30 year old existing house in the center on about 1 acre cleared, the rest is completely tree filled. There is a natural slope only a few degrees heading from ...
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Tree roots in storm drain

A 12" square catch basin collects water from my driveway and transports it under the lawn to adjacent stream about 150 ft away via 4" corrugated buried pipe. They used corrugated covered w/stone (vs ...
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Raised bed on concrete that is sloping the wrong way and thus there will be a drainage problem

I am planning on putting raised beds on a concrete pad. However the concrete slab is sloped so the runoff will end up in the wrong area. Does anyone know how to put a bottom on a raised bed that ...
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What's the best way to remove grass/topsoil to prepare for grading?

I want to remove about 250 square feet of grass/topsoil and then lightly grade for drainage below a future deck. Should I: Man up with a spade & a rake? Rent a sod cutter & go deep? Use ...