Thanks, very useful replay,
Do you know where the water went once it got to the bottom of your gravel?
Where did you get skips filled with gravel?
How did you get the clay from the digger into the skip, or could you put the skip close enough to reach the digger.
I would have expected 50 square metres 1 metre deep to take about 10 skips – am I missing something?
(I am thinking of doing the same with 2 flower beds, but using a “man and digger” as they are next to our house wall and only going down 40cm due to foundation depth. – There is other work for the digger at the same time.)
We dug trenches....soakaways....got a gardener in....did some ourselves....all hopeless. The water sat happily on top of the 'drained' lawn!
So eventually I thought - what the hell! - hire a mini digger and dig the whole lot up.
So, over a fantastic weekend, me and my 8 year old son took turns in digging out a metre of clay from all of our lawn, dumping it into a skip, and then backfilling the whole area with tons of limestone gravel, topsoil and sand. In the evenings I continued the work with a glass of real ale in the cab.
Best fun we ever had. It cost me 3 days' mini digger hire, a couple of skips full of gravel and soil, a crate of ales and some turf. I replaced 50 square metres of lawn.
And it has been dry as a bone since then!!