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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Wet Spot Drainage!

Several years ago, before we bought the ground behind us, a new sewer line was buried through the back yard. For those who don't know, these pipes are set in gravel then back-filled with dirt. Our property being on the lower end, water (& yes, other stuff) runs down hill. After we had the ground for a while, a seep started in the back yard about 40' from the property line. The ground water was coming up through a crawdad (Crayfish) hole. I mowed around it for the first year, then dug a trench from the seep to the edge of the grass. I stuck a 1-1/2" PVC pipe into the crawdad hole, elbowed it to a sunken oil drain pan & surrounded the pan with rocks. This runs water in all but the driest conditions.

This Spring, it started seeping again in the yard, so I dug it up today, cut the elbow off the pipe, made a "sump" from a 5 gallon bucket W/lid. Drilled 1/2" holes through the bucket every 4", wrapped the bucket with some old air conditioner filter material to keep the dirt out & slid it over the drain pipe. The "sump" was then surrounded with coarse gravel & buried about 6" under ground.

The previous set-up lasted 5 years+, hopefully this one will last longer! ~~ grnspot
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Seems like that ought to do it. Nice looking solution too.
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That's a nice little feature to have a small spring on the property.

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Looks nice as you have it there. A couple of plants or a statue (little boy fishing??) could only enhance it.

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A bird bath that does not need refilling!

There are several springs around here about a 5-10 minute walk in any direction but none have showed up in the yard yet. At some point I still would like to install an in ground cistern.

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A bird bath that does not need refilling!

There are several springs around here about a 5-10 minute walk in any direction but none have showed up in the yard yet. At some point I still would like to install an in ground cistern.
I gets used for that a lot! And for squirrel & dog waterer. I have a sitting bench & a couple of lawn chairs next to it, makes a good evening shady spot! ~~ grnspot

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