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Old 11-03-2014, 08:04 PM
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advice please Old farts

i spent today digging through the most cramped humid jungle of jasmine for a french drain.

I really want to get this right so that it last forever.

Ive got my slope right enough, but i want to make sure that the rock and pipe wont clog over time, especially from our clay soil making its way into the drain.

would lining the bottom and side of the trench with a filter fabric be enough (in a "U" fashion?

im scared if I go all the way around and cover the top also that it might clog and/or not accept water quickly enough. As I type this: I plan to leave the garden portion of it topped off with rock, (or would you call that "un-topped"?) After i leave, i wouldnt be surprised if she covers it with mulch)

But, there is a portion of the french drain under sod as well, thankfully its not really where i need it to catch run-off the most, because im convinced the sod's clay bottom is going to prevent water from flowing in fast enough before it rolls over and beyond the trench.

Beyond that, (if you can understand my ignorant mumble jumble) I'll beg any advice you have.
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:16 PM
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I've installed them in gravel areas with a U of fabric. You can also wrap the top. Then transition to solid pipe when running through the sod area
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:37 PM
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Thank you Mr. Falcone, Why solid under turf though?


Put some pictures up, I know YOU have some.
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:28 PM
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No real reason, you just said you didn't need to catch water there. Makes it easier. Not sure if i have any, I'll look
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:37 PM
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No real reason, you just said you didn't need to catch water there. Makes it easier. Not sure if i have any, I'll look
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Ah, glad you caught me on that clarity issue, I need to correct that.

What i meant was, the sod area isnt the area of heaviest collection/runoff (luckily), but i definately pray to catch as much water as possible there.

Thx
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Old 11-04-2014, 04:36 PM
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There are fabrics out there that I have seen advertise in the Soil Erosion Mag which comes with my Irrigation Mag. I know you are doing the work now, but maybe a couple hr research and a little drive for the impregnated material that will stop root penetration (sorry forgot to mention this earlier) in the first place will get your last forever wish.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:39 PM
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line the trench with fabric and leave top open and cover with something more decorative, like delaware river stone.
in sod area cove the top with fabric and 2" of soil and you should be fine.
you can also get pipe that is already socked, if thats your thing.
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:12 PM
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Thanks! I will do and look for that.

It rained on us today spent most of the day trying to sling/scrap wet clay off the pick and shovel. but the digging is done thank god.

I already have that shell shock feeling and its only tuesday.

something tells me ill probably to go to sleep on friday night and wake up on Monday Morning.
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:52 PM
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There's some pretty good videos on YouTube that concern drainage. As with anything its up to you to analyze and modify an idea to fit your needs.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:34 PM
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There's the foam peanut pipe that NDS makes. I've never tried it but I have used the sock pipe before.
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