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French Drain

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by poncho, 2 Jun 2005.

  1. poncho

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    I have spent the last 2 days & nights digging drains into the garden! Followed instructions from a french drain website! I now have water filled ditches with a murky swimming pool at the bottom of the swamp! The soil is waterlogged with a layer of what looks like clay a 1ft depth the a compacted sand layer another few inches down.......... the field behind is a few inches above the garden...
    Do I need to raise my garden??
    What substrates should I use??
    Or should I just dig a swimming pool?
    Help!!!!!! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
     
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    where are you intending to drain the water to? its all very well digging the trench system but it needs to go somewhere. ie a soakaway
     
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    how about a sump pump with float switch?
     
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    How deep should the soakaway be? I have already dug one but I fear it is not deep enough :cry:
     
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    Depends on conditions. If you're getting flood it probably means not deep enough, or not penetrating non-permeable layer? Also, you have to have fall from FD to soakaway.

    Percolation test is best way of predicting soakaway depth required (see www.pavingexpert.com).
     
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