Originally Posted by BorderGap
I'd not heard of mole draining before so will need to investigate this - any input on mole draining from members would be welcome.............
BG in my case the land I used to run all of the construction traffic on is fairly large plus easily accessible so I could get a 150hp tractor in and ploughed the whole area with a mole drainer. Its basically a blade with a round plug/shoe on the end with a wider plug on a link which opens a small dia hole. It goes down approx. 1m and as well as leaving a hole which acts as a drain the blade breaks up the pan and allows water to penetrate. I did this in the summer (albeit a couple of years after the compaction occurred
) and never had an issue since.
However you do need room to operate a rarther large piece of machinery so re-looking at your overall dim's and unless you have open ended garden prob not going to fit.
Originally Posted by Sonnenblumen
Why not simply excavate a series of trenches and backfill, this should allow water to escape.
A few land drains in the direction of the prevailing fall will accelerate run-off but if you use land drains, wrap in permeable fabric, this will prevent pipes from silting up.
IMO you require no pipework.
So... dig a trench then fill it back in, use pipe but you don't need pipe?
If you are going to dig a trench in order to alleviate drainage issues it would be wiser and a much better long term solution to put pipes in while you have opened the trench.
Of course I could be wrong and the lads on the County Council lorry throwing spade fulls of cold tar into wet and muddy pot holes are doing a first class road repair which will last for years to come.