How do I install a catch basin? (Read description first)


So I have a hole in the ground, 1 inch deep filled with topsoil. In the middle I am going to put a catch basin, my question is where do I drain it to? Also any tips on what to do before installing it?

Below is a picture of my tomatoes, drowned in water.

P.S would leveling the topsoil to ground level help with drainage?

q how do i install a catch basin read description first
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  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 18, 2020

    Hi Mo: I think that you need a different type of soil. To fill in lawn ruts and holes, blend planting soil with sand and/or compost. Usually blending equal parts of each material forms a mix that allows grass to root effectively through the mix into existing soil. I think that would take care of your problem. As for emptying the catch basin, here are some sites that should help:

    On this site, left click on the picture you like and when it pops up bigger on the right, left click on that larger picture and it should give you additional information. You can just click on a new picture when you are finished with one.

    Good luck

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Aug 19, 2020

    I think that with only 1" or so of standing water that a catch basin system is overkill. Other options include things such as: a French drain, create a "river basin" for that section to force water drainage, build raised beds, plant water-loving plants in that section, dig out a run-off area slope. Good luck!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 19, 2020

    Hello there,

    Have you tried forking over the area to help the drainage? How about sinking a pipe into the ground, fill it with gravel. That should help.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 19, 2020

    From you picture of the standing water, I am not sure if a catch basin would be the solution for the amount of standing water. Filling in the wet area with a soil mixture that would be good for drainage rather than hold a puddle. A catch basin would be for a bigger source of run off, such as a downspout and a low area of property.

    Here's a link to soil drainage:

    Secondly digging a small ditch to a lower area might be helpful for that area.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 19, 2020

    Hello. I wonder if filling in the area with rocks and gravel and then backfilling with soil-putting a raised bed and would be suitable for your growing situation. Better drainage and fill is obviously needed.

    Also I don’t consider topsoil a great garden soil it may be better to use something in the bagged garden soil variety.

    Additionally for the best local professional advice

    I would highly suggest contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.

    If your office is closed....there Might be alternative online venues like Ask an Expert as well as emailing your local master gardeners extension office for their

    guidance.... in a non contact manner. They might know your soil conditions and weather conditions to give you the best answer. Hope this helps

    • Mo Mo on Aug 19, 2020

      Thanks! I am going to contact my master gardener!

  • William William on Aug 19, 2020

    Leveling the soil to ground level would help with drainage and water run off. You could also mound the soil to drain water away. Apparently it's a low spot right now. You could also dig a small trench to divert the water away.

    • Mo Mo on Aug 19, 2020

      Thanks, I think I will try to brign the topsoil in the hole to ground level then check if it has flooding! Thanks!

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 19, 2020

    have you tried installing a small french drain to drain the water away? another idea would be to move the garden and fill in the the low spot with gravel and dirt then using pots for your tomatoes so you don't have the flooding after it rains

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 19, 2020

    Hi Mo, you want to direct the water away from your house and hopefully to the street, you can accomplish this by doing a ditch or using a half pipe angled to the drain water away,

    Hope this helps you,

    • Mo Mo on Aug 20, 2020

      I think I may make a land drain. Thanks!

  • Annie Annie on Aug 20, 2020

    Those poor tomatoes! For a quick fix, I would make a narrow "ditch" with your shovel, you just need it to run downhill a bit to drain the water away

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Aug 21, 2020

    A hole filled with rocks (dry well) with a pipe running to it from the source may help remove rater. A couple of my downspouts go to dry wells.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Aug 31, 2020

    Have you tried forking over the area to help the drainage? How about sinking a pipe into the ground, fill it with gravel. That should help.