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    Unhappy Yard drainage

    I am wondering if anyone can give me suggestions on what to do with standing water in my yard. One corner of my backyard states very damp. The area is about 21ft X 21ft. I do not know if I should try to put in a drain or plant to solve the problem.

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    Melpres28:

    Always try to look for a lower spot on your property to drain the water into.

    Or try to drain it to the street by digging a shallow furrow with a hoe.

    Remember, water flows DOWNHILL--the slightest pitch of the land downward will cause the water to start flowing downhill---away from your property.

    DO NOT drain water into your neighbor's property--it's against the law.

    Do you know if you have a lot of clay in your soil---most poorly draining spots have poor drainage due to clay or a rock ledge underneath.

    Do you have any photos you can post??

    You can try digging down with a manual post hole digger at different spots in the soggy area, and the periphery of the soggy area to see if you can find a spot that will drain the water.

    Go down about a foot or two with the post hole digger & leave these holes open---pour several buckets of water in each one & time how long it takes to drain--eventually you'll find a quick-drainer.

    You can then dig a dry well there & direct the standing water into the dry well with 4" perforated drain pipe.

    Google "soggy yard" or "yard drainage" to get additional sites.

    One of the sites offers a pre-assembled drywell for sale for $159---there is no need to buy anything---a drywell can be made by simply filling a hole with broken concrete, old bricks, field stones, broken mortar blocks, a steel barrel punched with holes, etc. (but no wood).

    Some of the photos make this look like a herculean amount of work---it's really not---I find this type of work very enjoyable---it's all hidden when it is covered up, so the soil can be planted with grass afterwards.

    When buying drain pipe---buy the THINNEST diameter 4" or 6" pipe you can find---it cost lots less than the thicker PVC pipe that is designed for plumbing work.

    http://hometown.aol.com/eilatlog/pip...pipeworks.html
    http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/18297/
    http://www.thenaturalhome.com/drywellinstallation.htm
    http://grounds-mag.com/mag/grounds_m...l_french_drain
    http://www.moneypit.com/ask-tom-lesl...back-yard.html
    http://www.builderswebsource.com/tec...s/drainage.htm
    Last edited by JacktheShack; 04-26-2008 at 08:41 AM.

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    jacktheshack
    My soil is mostly clay and rock. I have two ways that I could drain the water to the street with a dry well. Your ideas are very helpful. I have pictures but I am not sure how to add them to this post.
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    I guess I was able to add pictures. Here are some more.
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    Melpres28:

    Thanks for the photos.

    In your most recent post you state you have 2 ways to divert the water to the street (with a drywell).

    Could you provide more info---how far is it from the soggy area to the street???

    Is the street at a slightly lower elevation than the soggy area??

    If you can dig a 2' deep trench without too much trouble from the soggy area to the street & install some 4" perforated pipe you wouldn't need to build a drywell.

    If the distance to the street is 30' or more & the digging is difficult, you might hire a "walk-behind" backhoe to do the job.

    Another option if it is too far to dig a trench to the street, would be to dig a drywell in a location closer to the soggy area that drains well (doing the perc test with the post hole digger & water buckets)---and lay some perforated 4" drain pipe from the soggy area to the drywell.

    In other words, sometimes you can "punch through" the layer of clay (if it's not too deep) with the post hole digger & thus find a part of your yard close to the soggy area that drains well.
    Last edited by JacktheShack; 04-26-2008 at 08:36 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JacktheShack View Post
    If you can dig a 2' deep trench without too much trouble from the soggy area to the street & install some 4" perforated pipe you wouldn't need to build a drywell.
    Don't take this to mean that you need to have 2' of fall from the soggy spot to the street, all you need is a difference of a few inches. The depth of the trench is to get the drain pipe down and out of harms way. The water will go down the pipe, travel to the street, then back up and perculate out. I've done several drains this way and it works like a charm. The depth will also act as a dry well.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Hey, how about a green approach?! Try to harvest the water by means of a water barrell. Could you collect the water from a downspout that drains to the affected area, thus reducing the amount of water in your yard? With the collected water you could get your garden or shrubs a much needed drink after a rainless period or even set up a drip irrigation system. Why spend your time and money digging ditches and building drywells when you could keep the water and save money?

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    This area is in the back of may yard. I have thought about a rain garden, but I just don't think it will work. The area is way too big and the area is very saturated. I am worried it will rot my wooden privacy fence.

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