Muck Hole next to run-in shed


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Old 10-10-21, 12:12 PM
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Muck Hole next to run-in shed

Horse & Donkey 2 stall run-in shed has a tin roof. I did a poor job of putting in a french drain off the edge of the roof line so the water drains off the roof, travels around the corner and has created a muck hole exactly where horse, donkey & myself have to walk thru to get into the shed area. It's gotten so bad the muck has pulled my boots off, grrrr.

I called a gravel pit person and they thought putting crushed stone into the area from the back corner of the shed out approx. 10' & run it along the side (area we walk thru & across to access the shed) approx. 20' would require approx. 5 yards of crushed stone.

Ok then, my question is should I dig the muck out of this area and then have the stone delivered? Or, can I just leave it as it is and have the stone dumped on top, spread it as best as I can (we thought approx. 4-5" deep throughout) and after spreading in the area, allow the horse & donk to pack it down? I can also drive over the stone with my pick-up to help with the packing at first.

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Old 10-10-21, 12:33 PM
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Adding gravel to mud is fine... but if you have enough water, it'll just turn the neighboring dirt into mud, so you're not really solving the problem. Instead, you need to get the water off the roof going a different direction.

Can you create a trench or swail to get the water off the roof moving away from the entrance to the shed? You still might want gravel to catch the water coming down off the roof (or a gutter system), but regardless, the water has to go somewhere.
 
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Old 10-10-21, 07:31 PM
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Of course, you're right. Up to my neck in preparing for winter and wasn't thinking. Will add the gravel to make life easier for me right now and next summer will redig the french drain under the eave to slope the water in the other direction.

When I did it originally, I was very low energy and ran into a LOT of roots. Therefore, did not dig it deep enough nor slope it properly. The donkey has dug up on both ends the sock covered tube, grin.

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