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easy flow drain system?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JFGLN, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 953

    I have a client with a large lawn and bad drainage. It has a layer of top soil over heavy clay soil. The lawn deteriorates over the winter-not much grass left, mostly mud. Would an easy flow drain system help?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Probably not by itself.

    What I would suggest is renovating the lawn. Tilling as deep as possible to break the hardpan.

    That and you could do a semi temporary solution by going into the lawn and using a 4" auger or better and auger out as many holes as you can, as deep as you can. This way you are breaking the hard-pan and giving places for water to go.

    To me this would be the most inexpensive solution, but might need to be done once every few years.

    Back on our farm we used to do this on certain wet-holes in fields without drainage. It would work well for about 3-5 years until it was needed again, or a field drainage system was put in place.

  3. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    First would be to do some farming. Deep tilling with the addition of organic material. Then, make sure slope and grade are such that the water doesn't stand for long periods of time.
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  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    That's the right attitude!


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