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Soak away by a patio

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by LadyM, 23 Sep 2020.

  1. LadyM

    LadyM

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    Our garden slopes towards the house and water runoff pools in a space between a patio and low wall. The soil is very heavy clay and I want to dig it out and put in a soak away.

    How close to the patio and wall foundations can I dig without compromising the structure of both. The area I'm digging out is pretty small and is about one and a half metres at it's widest and slightly less than a metre at it's narrowest.
     
  2. Ian H

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    You should really be 5mtrs away from the house with a soakaway. Have you tested the ground to see if it does let water through?
     
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    As above, clay doesn't work as a soakaway, you just make a pond
     
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    We had a couple of feet thick layer of clay here when digging our soak away, kept digging and got to chalk which drained very well.
     
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