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Build a French Drain in Two Steps

You can solve your drainage woes in a weekend with this low-tech method

Fine Gardening - Issue 145
If your garden has a pesky wet spot, perhaps it’s time you consider installing a French drain. In a high-tech world, the French drain is refreshingly old-fashioned. Imagine a gravel-filled trench with a perforated pipe at the bottom, which collects water and carries it away from a soggy area. That’s all a French drain is—nothing fancy but certainly helpful. You can use a French drain to dry out any low place where water accumulates after it rains. It’s perfect for taking care of mushy lawns or preventing water from building up behind a retaining wall, which could cause it to collapse. It’s also common around house foundations, where it can help stanch base-ment flooding, mold, and mildew. And because the design is so simple, anyone with a good shovel and a strong back can build one. Gravity Does Most Of The Work In a French drain, accumulated water flows naturally…

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