Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Big Dig



It was not long after the snow melted in the spring before we discovered a major flooding problem in our back garden.  Each time that it rained, we had water half-way up the basement windows and the garden turned into a lake.
 
Putting drainage into the garden involved a considerable amount of disruption and digging three foot trenches.  Within a few hours, the garden resembled a battlefield.
 

We had to hire a contractor to do the digging and drainage, as this was far beyond anything that we could undertake.  In order for the drains to be effective, they have to slope down with the gradient of the garden.

 
This view was taken from upstairs and shows just how much digging was involved.

 
A large part of the back deck had to be dismantled to allow access for the digger.
 
 
 
Once the trenches were dug, a membrane was placed in the bottom and then the hole back-filled with stone.


This last photograph shows the garden levelled to remove all those hills of soil and the newly laid drainage along the basement windows.  Hopefully, there will not be any further flooding issues now that the work has been completed.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

WOW...what a HUGE operation... Goodness, what a mess! I probably felt like your whole garden was "destroyed" So hope this helps with any water issues from now--it better, right?! ;o) ((HUGS))