Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Every garden has certain problem areas. Those areas that are too shady, too clayey, too wet, have a bad view. Learning to deal with these issues is one way a gardener can grow. Or they can drive the gardener crazy.
My problem area is right by the door my husband and I use, near the driveway. You can see that this little corner is surrounded by hardscape on three sides.
What may not be obvious from this picture is that the garage roof and the breezeway roof (we call that little room between the house and the garage the breezeway. It's small and drafty and we use it as a mud room/ plant room/ and now the new big aquarium is going to be set up there) where was I going before that aside? Oh, yeah, the roof of the garage and the breezeway drains right there at the corner, the downspout spills into the little pocket garden between the garage and the stoop. Not much ground to absorb water.
To make matters worse the front yard slopes toward the house. Just a little slope but it does mean that all that roof water stays right where it lands. During the winter it forms a nice layer of ice right there on the sidewalk.
Previously someone tried running the downspout by the chimney into a dry well. That didn't work. It caused foundation problems for the breezeway (one source of draft, now filled with expanded foam insulation).
I'm still contemplating this problem. I've thought about it for a while and I'm still not sure what to do. I even asked a professional but his suggestion was to run the downspout down to a dry well by the chimney and we all know that didn't work.
I can hear that. You, yes, you, you're thinking "what's the point of this post? Just a chance to complain about this problem?" Well, yes. I just wanted a chance to complain about a problem I haven't yet solved. And I suckered you into listening to me. Thanks for listening.
Posted by Diana at Garden on the Edge at 6:40 AM