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Using a French Drain to Remove Standing Water in Your Yard

By: Tricia Craven Worley

Standing water in your yard is an eyesore and can act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Installing a French drain is a great way to remove standing water from your yard.

To construct a French drain:

  • Dig a trench in your yard where water is standing.
  • Add a bed of pea gravel to the bottom of the trench.
  • Wrap a perforated, flexible, plastic landscape pipe with landscape fabric, or use pipe that is ready made for use in a French drain.
  • Position the pipe in the trench so the top is below ground level.
  • Leave one or both ends of the pipe open so the water can drain away.
  • Cover the sides and top of the pipe with more pea gravel.

Watch this video to find out more.

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3 Comments on “Using a French Drain to Remove Standing Water in Your Yard”

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  • Brian Says:
    April 30th, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    How do you do a french drain if your yard is level and have where to drain to

  • Lynnette Says:
    June 13th, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    The holes go up so the water will go down into the holes and be carried away in the up-perforated bottom of the pipe. If it were put in holes down the water would just sit in the trench.

  • nuella luther Says:
    February 28th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    we have a spring coming up in a gravel driveway. We have dug a trench and have 4″ drain pipe with holes and a sleve to cover it. We plan to but an inch of gravel in the bottom of the trench, and then place the pipe in the trench. My question is should the holes in the pipe be placed up, down or sideways? The stone dealer said up and the man at Lowes said down. Thank you for addressing my question. Nuella

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Using a French Drain to Remove Standing Water in Your Yard