Re: Improving drainage

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Posted by Newt on March 22, 2003 at 10:58:48:

In Reply to: Improving drainage posted by Irene on March 18, 2003 at 08:38:58:

: We filled in an old swimming pool with fill dirt and put one half top soil and one half leaf mold in the top two feet. The result has been very poor drainage. What can we add to our garden to improve drainage?

Hi Irene,

I'm not sure I'm understanding you here. You filled a swimming pool with top soil and leaf mold and the pool was only 4 feet deep? Also, did you mix the top soil and leaf mold together? That would be helpful so the soil doesn't become compacted.

I would say you're either going to have to put down a layer of gravel in the bottom that's about 8" to 12" deep depending on where you live and how much rain you get. Then the water will have a place to sit until it is absorbed by the soil. I don't think you are going to win that battle though. Another option is to drill drainage holes in the bottom of the pool. The third option is to plant a bog garden with plants that like the wet.

Good luck,

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