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Fixing drainage in yard
« on: December 15, 2021, 12:28:11 PM »
In the backyard, on one half is a small grass yard. The other half has a swimming pool and pool deck. The pool deck goes right up to the home. There is a small drainage ditch, about 1" wide and about 2" deep that runs along the base of the house that empties water into the grass yard. It is covered by a hard plastic grate, that runs the entire length. The drainage ditch has since become completely clogged with dirt and debris and occasionally has crab grass growing out of it. Basically looks like this, just a little bit more narrow:



Originally I thought to pull up the plastic and clean out the ditch and then put the plastic back. The plastic did not come out willingly and instead of simply lifting out, it started tearing leaving chunks and generally being a PITA. No way can I pull it out and then simply put it back. Any ideas other than ripping it out piece by piece and then scouring the internet for a replacement?

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Re: Fixing drainage in yard
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2021, 01:16:02 PM »
What about just using river rock to hide a perforated PVC pipe protected from infiltrates with a filter cloth AKA big "o" in a sock?

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Re: Fixing drainage in yard
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2021, 11:23:01 AM »
That could work.

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Re: Fixing drainage in yard
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2021, 09:32:36 PM »
This could be totally useless info, and if so, sorry for wasting your time:
We have one of those, metal, in our driveway, to drain the water away.

There is a metal mesh, kind of like window screening, but stiff metal, under a top metal grate.
Once or twice a year my husband takes off the grate, and empties what got through to the mesh, cleans off the mesh. He then cleans out the tray, but there never is much in there. Then he puts the mesh and grate  back in the tray.

In the spring, a maple tree drops a lot of what maple trees drop in the spring, and then in the fall he cleans out the maple seeds.

He's been doing this for 35 years, no problems yet.

Sounds like you need a mesh layer.