Ginnyatwater
Ginnyatwater
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Asked on Jun 21, 2013

Rain run off

Mary KerWhite Oak Studio DesignsGinnyatwater
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I have no rain gutters on the house, in the garden under the roof on the porch it has washed out the soil and I have a trench about a 1/2 ft from the wall going down to the driveway. Need suggestions on what to place under so this won't happen.
6 answers
  • Cynthia
    on Jun 21, 2013

    I would incorporate some larger riverstone, eggstones to prevent erosion. Rain chains can also help in some instances. If the area isn't too large look into the rain gutters that shoot the water outwaters. Not sure of name. Also here is a way to drain it all away, but stones would still be needed. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://img2-2.timeinc.net/toh/i/a/yard/floods-02.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,228010,00.html&h=300&w=300&sz=15&tbnid=CzxNfn5qbu9XxM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=90&zoom=1&usg=__CCqGRawgq8UGFp8Qh4vM1coqVUE=&docid=zgNHJ2wb-50foM&sa=X&ei=3trDUfi4NInU9gSA-YHoBQ&sqi=2&ved=0CFgQ9QEwBA&dur=1977

  • Ginnyatwater
    on Jun 23, 2013

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas. Actually was thinking of some kind of collection method ie: small water garden or rain collection barrel. Don't want to make anything complicated or expensive.

  • Ginnyatwater
    on Jun 23, 2013

    Thanks Cynthia. Previous owner had 4 stepping stones along this area I took them out they were lose and 1 cracked, put down mulch to cover the ground around plantings/shrubs. The water washed the mulch and soil out onto the drive... Guess I should put the stones back?

  • White Oak Studio Designs
    on Jul 5, 2013

    We had a similar situation at my country Ranch home. For some reason homes in the country here don't have eves troughs and gutters/local claim that the eves trough cause ice damns. The water ran directly off our roof and down into the dirt which not only put all that water at our home foundation but caused moss to grow on our Indiana Limestone that covers our home. We did a three step fix it. ONE: We bought/had installed eves/gutters/gutter guards/downspouts and my husband added long downspouts (probably 8-10 ft. long) to get the water to go way away from our foundation. TWO: I then put in cement runs under the downspouts to make sure that all water was heading out and away from the foundation. THREE: Then I began our landscaping design with the water removal issue foremost in mind. I planted shrubs outside of the drip line of our homes 2 ft. overhang and used pea gravel as mulch. I chose pea gravel because I knew it would not wash away like bark chip will and I knew that we would have to have access to the roof (to work on our chimney/to get branches and sticks off of our roof and to have access to remove ice and snow) and a place to securely place a ladder. I made sure that the dirt was not up high against the foundation and angled the pea gravel bed so that any water would run downhill and away from the house. These efforts have worked successfully.

  • White Oak Studio Designs
    on Jul 5, 2013

    Some folks bury their downspouts but one buried you can't access them. I did not like that option. Also rain barrels are environmentally great but can get expensive. I had wanted then but after paying more then $3,000 for our eves and gutter system I couldn't justify another $300.00 X 6 for rain barrels. Also with rain barrel they fill up quickly and must be emptied when they get full or they overflow and water still runs to the foundation.

  • Mary Ker
    on Apr 7, 2015

    Were the stepping stones there functional? Was it a walkway? If it was, or you want it to be a path now, you can consider a number of pathway options, like digging out a four inch trench forma path and filling it with gravel or little stones to act as a dry well, or bricks with an edging to direct the water somewhere you want it.

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