4. Create a Drainage System- we removed a dirt area 3’ wide by 4’ deep. We placed gravel in the bottom of this hole and then placed a 5 gallon bucket in the ground on top of the gravel and surrounded the bucket with gravel. Basically, we filled this entire hole with gravel. Before placing the bucket in the ground, place slits in the bucket so it as the bucket fills up with rain water it will slowly release into the ground.
5. Topdressing – top dress the entire surface area with chipped slate and place the stand inside. As the chipped slate ages, it may need to be refreshed with new slate every 5 years.