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Drainage issues.....any solutions?

17 years ago

Hi, again:

Since we've moved here (2 years ago), I've been planning on putting an arbor at the end of our driveway, with the intention of growing roses over it. I finally dug the holes (one on either side of the arbor,each about 2x2ft.) over the weekend. Complete orangey clay. (I keep meaning to try making pots out of the stuff. I bet you could!)

Thought I'd better see how long it would take for water to drain, so I got the hose and filled one of them up. That was Saturday. It's still about 3/4 full this morning (Monday).

I'm not ready to give up my plan, but I'm trying to figure out how I can make this work. I'm trying to come up with a way to divert water flow, so the roses won't get swamped when it rains. Maybe plant them a little higher, and put a "collar" of some sort (sloping out and away from the plants) around the base of the plant, to prevent so much water from collecting under the plant?

Or is there something I can do to help with drainage in the planting hole?

I'm not ready to resort to putting the roses in pots(yet).

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!


I'm not ready to resort to putting the roses in pots (yet).

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