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Old 07-14-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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I have a downspout out back that if I let drain directly from it would run a stream right into my grass. I will also be planting a lot of shrubs, perennials, etc. in the area in the fall or next spring. There will also be a stone walkway leading from the grass to the gate in the fence that will lead through the garden. So I need to figure out a way to redirect the draining do it does not wash out the garden and the grass. Any creative ideas?
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I have a downspout out back that if I let drain directly from it would run a stream right into my grass... So I need to figure out a way to redirect the draining do it does not wash out the garden and the grass.
Any creative ideas?
Does a trench for that pipe qualify as creative?
You can be "creative" with what you put above the trench. OK?

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Agree that may be creative enough for the drainage but where that corrugated pipe ends there will be lots of plants. So it ending there is not good. I need it to drain away from the grass and away from the area it currently drains in as it will be filled with plantings.
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lotta sand there should drain pretty well as it is,you could place stone around the pipe outlet to reduce impact
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I have all my down spouts liked together and they dump into a pit with a sump pump in it. The line then run out into a ditch next to my street.

I've also dig a deep pit filled it with #57 stone, covered over it with silt screen then top soil on top of that and dumped the gutters in to that. It will not work if you have poor draining soil.
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lotta sand there should drain pretty well as it is,you could place stone around the pipe outlet to reduce impact
I want to put the drainage underground as i will be planting over the area. Problem with were the pipe ends is when it rains hard the water from te pipe washes out everything below it.
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I have all my down spouts liked together and they dump into a pit with a sump pump in it. The line then run out into a ditch next to my street.

I've also dig a deep pit filled it with #57 stone, covered over it with silt screen then top soil on top of that and dumped the gutters in to that. It will not work if you have poor draining soil.
How did the hole filled with stone work out? Did you surround the all the stone with the screen or just the top? The soil here is very sandy so drainage isn't too big of a problem with it.

I really have no place outside the property to run the drainage. Next to me is my neighbor's yard. Out the back is a culvert, but it is a long ways off and i would probably have to bust through miles of roots to get there.
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The pit worked fine.
We had little choise on how to do it, the whole area is flat and the ditch near the street was 300 ft. away.
We had a back hoe on site anyway so we dug a pretty big pit to make sure it worked.
Dug the hole, dumped in the stone and only covered the top with silt screen.
There's never been a wet spot in the yard where it is.

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