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I have a rather larger problem in my new garden that the drainage of the ground is very poor and large areas of the garden / lawn will be submerged. This I think maybe from run off from neighbouring gardens.

The problem being I know of french drains and soakaways but there is no place to sink a soakaway in plus installing french drains would only move the problem over to neighbouring gardens, of which i am surrounded! Raising the soil level is also a route that ideally shouldnt be taken as all boundaries would need adjusting!

Any ideas?



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  • A willow tree may help, as it drinks lots of water, but plant as far away as you can to the house. Roots could also get into drainage pipes which could create problems.
  • i have the same problem with my allotment mine lower then everyone else i have tryed everything and now ringing council up on monday and giving plot up before i pay aanother years rent for nothing.i have dug trenches all round plot and still having problem its only my plot on the site whats suffering with it .Any ideas

  • smoggy,

    Is this a newly built house?

  • Hi the house was built in the 80's and the main soil makeup is clay. I wasnt sure if you can install any sort of drainage that could be plumbed into the surface water drains or if that is illeagal?image

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471

    We have french drains (2) along back garden as field slopes and drain through ours, there were already drains in when we built and were allowed to connect into those which flow down to stream at front.

    Maybe better to check about connecting to drains .

  • clogherheadclogherhead Posts: 506

    Hi ,would it be possible for you to ask the Local Council Environment officer to have a look at your problem and maybe they would be able to make some recommendations .


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