Trench Drain Question

Old 04-29-09, 08:42 AM
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Trench Drain Question

I have installed a 4 inch trench drain that runs along my driveway. This is tied into a 4 inch pvc pipe that drains from the driveway itself. My question is this..should I keep it covered in stone, which I hate the look of, or can I cover it with soil and seed it when I re-seed my lawn? Will the soil retard the draining ability of the drain? Thanks.
Old 04-30-09, 09:41 AM
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As long as you use a good heavy landscape fabric under the soil to keep it from washing into the gravel and pipe you can plant grass. Also the siol needs to be a good drainable soil. No clay or gumbo dirt. The water should drain through good soil and the fabric without any problem.
That said, it depends on the depth of the pipe too. The soil needs to be at least 2 inch deep to support grass growing. Deeper would be better.

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