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Drainage issues.....any solutions?

MollyS
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!

-Molly

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

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