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08-03-2010, 10:38   #91
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It probably would work.
However I think a smaller soakpit (in length) with four or five short channels leading into it would be better and probably less work. Gentle slope leading into the pit. You would not even require the pipe for the channels. Just dig down a foot or so (width of a shovel). Line with landscape fabric. Fill 2/3 with stone. Wrap around landscape fabric. Fill with good soil to level with garden.

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08-03-2010, 19:07   #92
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Typical Dublin housing estate garden- water logged in winter and usually dry in the summer when there is good weather but it can take a good while to dry out when it rains.

WE have a dog though and it makes it hard on the drying as he runs up and down the garden. currently the 5 foot at the bottom of the garden is just in muck, all the grass is gone. Result is he drags in the muck into the house which isn't good for hygiene with a young baby crawling around.

There is also a drain cover in the middle of the garden- think its a sewer that's underneath

Now I reckon there is a drainage issue of some sort, I don't have the time, or the skill to build this French drain solution myself and think that grass might be a no no anyway with the dog.
So a few questions:

1. If I went for the drainage with the French drains is there some ultra tough wearing grass that could tolerate a dog? Typically how much would this cost to get a landscaper or gardener to do ( garden is probably 18 feet by 30 feet) ? Any recommendations in Dublin?

2. Is there another option of putting down gravel or some sort of loose pebble in the garden that would get us over the drainage issue without having to dig the drains? Would I have to dig up the grass, put down some sort of membrane over the soil before putting down gravel? How much would this cost? Any recommendations?

Sorry for the 20 questions but I need a solution that isn't mad expensive and that I can get done in the next few weeks.

I don't think french drains and/or mini soak pits are feasible solutions for small urban gardens or gravel gardens are practical for young children etc etc. A far better but long lasting option would be to replace grass with synthetic lawn. Ground prep similar to installing a patio and you will have a grass like durable finish that would be both weather and dog proof all year round, plus a nice soft green surface on which the younfg baby etc can sit on etc.

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08-03-2010, 22:44   #93
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I don't think french drains and/or mini soak pits are feasible solutions for small urban gardens or gravel gardens are practical for young children etc etc.
Not being argumentative S, but just wondering why you think this?

I hadn't even considered french drains (or known what they were) until a weeks ago when I started to read through older posts to get information on the garden.

I was planning on some for mine, though it's small 5x10m2, there's a substantial slope and I'm worried about drainage in the bottom corner as the gate is there

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22-03-2010, 16:07   #94
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Would one of these help to dig the trench? This could be make or break for those of us that aren't exactly fit

http://www.hss.com/g/62516/Power-Digger-Petrol.html
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30-04-2010, 17:37   #95
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Hi,
I have a small amount of 4" drainage pipe to give away. I guess its around 25m in length. Ideal for a small garden.
North Dublin.
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I dont know if resurrecting old threads such as this is allowed but I am about to start this very same project but on a much larger scale. My question for now is about the plastic membrane being used, does it not prevent the rain water from reaching the perforated pipe ?
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Its not actually plastic, its the same type of material that you would put in a flowerbed to stop weeds from growing, so the water goes through without any problem.
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Its not actually plastic, its the same type of material that you would put in a flowerbed to stop weeds from growing, so the water goes through without any problem.
Ok thanks Delly, that explains it.
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great thread

hi all'great thread from start to finish.looking a small garden with the same drainage problem as on the thread.with all the water going into the soakpit.should i try one thees well system:Dponddigger http://www.fdungan.com/well.htm .ps it would cost about 200 e for materials
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Just wanna say, a really informative and fantastic thread. This is exactly what needs to be done to sort out the garden of our new house.

Thanks OP!
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30-03-2014, 18:36   #101
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Hi Reckless, what a lovely transformation. I love the wall you have made around the decking area and wondered if the stone is expensive or what should I ask for to get that type of wall built. Looks fairly common sense approach, a block wall with stone facing but dont have those skills so will be at the mercy of the tradesmen. Is it a specialist thing or can any reasonable builder do it?
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