Sunken Flower Bed?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DiMassa33, May 3, 2008.

  1. DiMassa33

    DiMassa33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    I want to put a sunken/lowered flower bed in for someone, but I am worried that it will fill up with water when it rains. Its not gonna be too big of a bed, but it will probably be almost three feet deep at the bottom. Is there anything I can do to prevent it from filling up with water/ Should I even worry about it filling up? Has anyone ever done anything like this before?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I'd say it all depends on the sub-soil and location. If it's at the bottom of a hill, or lower part of a property, then it will probably fill with water.

    Dig a post-hole about 12-15 inches. If you find a clay layer, or hard-pan of any sort, then I'd say yes it will fill with water.

    Your call, good luck.
  3. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    If the soil you are working with is impervious, why not go for a rain garden and use wet site tolerant plants. Even pervious soil, like sand, can fill with rain water in heavy rains, so your plant choices will be very important.


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