Posted: 06/05/2014 at 18:12
All-Change - I'm sorry to come into this conversation with a problem of my own, but on the subject of stagnant water, I too was wondering if it can be poured over the garden.
I did a really stupid thing. Last year we had builders stuff all over the garden and at the same time someone was wanting rid of two half barrels which had been used as planters. Being a forager - I took the two half barrels and just left them out in the garden all year until now. We had loads of slates left from a new roof so to do a half tidy up, I piled the slates into the barrels outside and left them from this time last year until now.
Last week I started to look over the garden and try to plan how to recover some of the damage and mess which had been left from the building materials lying around for months last year. And there were the two half barrels full of old slates. I'd made a couple of small beds already with slates piled up and had thought I might come up with some use for the remainder of them this year. BUt - it seems there were no drainage holes in the half barrels and once I'd pulled out the top layer of slates, both barrels are full of stagnant water. I hadn't really noticed the smell until I moved the top layer of slates - and believe me, it's not just a smell it's an absolute stink. I pulled slates out with thick rubber gloves on - and I'm not one to be squeamish usually - but the smell was so bad I could only clear out one barrel. Both barrels still have this absolutely stinking water in them and I'm really unsure as to whether I can pour it over my little grass area without stinking the place out. We're surrounded by neighbours and I don't want a problem if the water kind of hangs around, kills my grass or something.
Can anyone advise on whether it's ok to pour it over the tiny lawn in this state of stink? I was tempted to throw a pile of Milton sterilising tablets into the water but of course that might have a bad effect on the area I pour the water onto. I don't know at all.
Any advice really welcome. The barrels will of course get a good scrubbing and holes drilled to use them as planters. They would make two good ponds I guess but I'm more keen to have them as planters.
What does everyone think? Is stinking stagnant water the kiss of death to grass and flower borders?