Gardentalk – How to avoid the flood

In this audio-visual partial tutorial, Master Gardener Ed Buyarski has ideas for protecting our yard and garden from flooding caused by the heavy rains of early summer and early fall. This segment originally aired on August 14, 2014 and is accompanied with pictures of KTOO’s Morning Edition host attempting to put some of that advice into practice.


Materials list: Perforated drainage pipe, connectors and bends, drainage gravel, PVC pipe cement, and a water penetrating fabric filter sleeve to slip over the pipe. Necessary tools would include pick, shovel, and hacksaw to cut the PVC. (Photo by Wrigley Field groundskeeper)

KTOO’s Morning Edition host begins digging the trench for draining part of his backyard. One end will empty into an existing drain while the other end will connect up to another existing drain that runs around the perimeter of the house’s foundation and empties into a nearby drainage ditch. Never, ever drain water onto an adjoining property. That’s a real awful way to get introduced to your neighbor’s lawyer. (Photo by Wrigley Field groundskeeper)

KTOO’s Morning Edition host test fits some of the pieces of perforated drainage pipe segments. The trench will have to be deeper, though. (Photo by Wrigley Field groundskeeper)

Perforated drainage pipe is wrapped in a filter fabric sleeve to prevent sand and dirt from clogging the inside of the pipe. The first few layers of gravel are being laid under, around, and on top of the pipe. (Photo by Wrigley Field groundskeeper)

Alternative method: Water penetrating landscape filter fabric lines the trench and wraps around the perforated pipe. The purpose is still to prevent fine dirt and sand from getting into the pipe and possibly inhibiting water flow. (Photo by Wrigley Field groundskeeper)