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Sharon
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:19 pm    Post subject: Hello from East Galway Reply with quote

Hi, just found this site whilst searching for info on Native Irish Trees - what an abundance of info on this site - I'll be up all night - anyhow have the 1/2 acre garden - too much lawn - have a tunnel and a greenhouse - in the middle of toms and chillies and cukes at the moment along with everything else - love gardening and all it entails but have a serious question.

Have a drainage problem (underground) no puddles or swamps but percolation area full all the time - have a dogwood hedge (red and green ones) have been recently told that dogwoods are really bad for binding up the soil and therefore blocking the natural drainage...... has anyone else heard this.... also have alot of willow, any info about the dogwoods or pointers to where I could get the info would be greatfully appeciated Confused

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sharon, and welcome.

Willows are meant to be big drinkers and go far in search of water (including going up pipes apparently) so it could be the willow roots that are causing the problem.

Probably your best bet is to dig one or more narrow trenches about 2 to 3 metres long to allow you to see where the blockage is. This will also of course help clear the water. If the ground is sodden, while messy, it will be easier to dig . You can put some pipes down on the trenches before covering over, and this will allow drainage. Drill a few holes along the pipes to allow water in and out as needed.
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