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Drainage Problem...Need Input.


LawnSite Senior Member
The GM at one of my commercial accounts asked me to take a look at his own yard and the drainage problem it has. I haven't looked at it yet, but from what he tells me, there's a burm or small hill along the back side of the property which isn't allowing the water to drain away from the house. I was planning on finding the low spot and running a trench away from the house. Do I then lay in a "socked" drain pipe and back fill with gravel and put the sod back in place?


LawnSite Bronze Member
Sounds about right. I've had a lot of experience with drainage (golf course work) and socked or unsocked never seemed to make much difference on draintile. It won't hurt I suppose.

Maybe throw in a catch basin or two near areas that seem to pond. I'd consider the peagravel backfill with maybe some coarse sand on top. Then sod. IF it's in an area that won't fry. Otherwise, maybe some nice topsoil on top- I'd maybe sock it if soil is used??

EJD Lawnpride

LawnSite Senior Member
You don't need to sock it. The sock always would clog before our un-socked drains did in the greens and bunkers. I would put basins in if necessary. You might want to shoot grades to see how well it allowas for surface drain.


LawnSite Senior Member
Thanks for the replies. The basins you're talking about, are those the square buckets with the grate on top that you attach the drain pipes to?

LawnScapers of Dayton

LawnSite Silver Member
Dayton, OH
could you skip the pipe and just do a so called french drain with the trench and gravel to create a path of least resistance??? I have a couple of customers with very wet back yards.....