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    The slope of my back yard, if any, can't be more than 1 or 2 degrees. It collects water when it rains. That water makes the yard very difficult to enjoy, as the spongy nature of the ground means you don't get much resistance when you're trying to move across it -- you sort of sink a bit with every step. You get muddy and you tear up the yard. This effect can last for several days after even a moderate pouring of rain.

    I need to beat this problem without affecting the appearance of the yard.

    The only solution I'm aware of that meets that requirement is french drains, which are very expensive.

    Has anyone had any experience with french drains? What about in a slope as negligible as mine? Was the project a success?

    Any thoughts anyone has are welcomed.
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    Re: Draining the yard

    My parents installed a french drain in their front yard and it took away the sogginess wonderfully. It wasn't at all expensive, either, unless you're referring to the labor. I was most of their labor... You do have to have a place for the french drain to run, though. Is there a well drained area near the lower portion of your yard for the french drain to run out to?

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      Re: Draining the yard

      I would save your back and just rent the Equipment ( a small excavator /6-8 in bucket should do it... Maybe take a couple of days... But the key is where the water is going after you get it out of your yard... hopefully into the abandoned Field next door (oops.. that might be against code.. ;-) )
      I'm sure there is lots of stuff on the net about French drains.. It's not Brain surgery.. Gravel, Pipe Gravel... It's just who is going to inherit the water from your yard..and wht you are going to do with your nice new dry backyard... (Besides Mow it..)
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      • #4
        Re: Draining the yard

        The drains will lead to an underground solid pipe, which will carry the water to the street in front of the house.

        I'm the last person you want working machinery or manipulating earth, but maybe I should consider that.
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        • #5
          Re: Draining the yard

          Cing was right. French drain.

          I put one in myself when I lived at the bottom of a hill. During big downpours there would be a two inch pond on my front porch.

          It isn't that much work depending on your soil conditions. Took me a weekend with a shovel and a wheelbarrow to put in over 100' of it.

          I found a wonderful thing at Lowes. It was a mesh "sock" that went around the perforated pipe. It claimed to keep roots from growing into the pipe thus clogging it. Two years after installing the drain I had to dig and move part of it to plant some trees. In the section where the sock covered there was not one root. In a gap I found I saw some roots dangling in the pipe. So I guess it worked.
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            Re: Draining the yard

            I almost installed one at a ropes course I worked up, but moved before I got around to it. Did a lot of looking into it though. The sock thing El mentioned works, but while I was at Lowes looking at it, some guys were there that worked at a landscaping place buying a lot of it. They said it works, but it can be a pain to get on the tube/pipe, especially the longer pieces. They said that was the only hard part of the job. But it was worth it because it makes the pipes stay clog free for much longer.

            They also said if you have to do a job of any size, renting a trenching machine is very worth it.


            Also, one of the cool things you can do with the water is collect it in underground tanks and use it to water your lawn and landscaping in dry times. I was watching a show on GreenTV station the other day where they did just that, and also ran the water gutters off their roofs into it, which helped keep from adding even more to the lawn.

            Even if you didn't want to go with the underground tank, you could make your own rain barrel for less than $50, and that would keep a lot of the water from running off the roof and onto your lawn. Put a hose at the bottom of the barrel and water the plants with it, or just let it out in a more controlled manner on a dry day.

            There are tons of guides online on how to make one. For instance, the Ace Hardware a couple blocks from my house has big PVC barrels for sale for $15 or so just for that reason. I would have one already but am living in an apt. right now.

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            • #7
              Re: Draining the yard

              Those ditch witches, trencher, are very easy and really cheap to rent. Would take you about 45 minutes rent and trench and return the thing. As deep or shallow as you want.
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              • #8
                Re: Draining the yard

                I like the manual methods. But I am fat and get almost no exercise so a bit a manual labor doesn't hurt me in the least. :)

                Oh, and call your local utility companies before digging to make sure you don't kill yourself.
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