water at lower stones to basement
The lower landing could be right at the water table
, which in turn is holding steady because of the drain pipe.
I would not dig anything up until after I have written down all the possibilities of what I might find down there (e.g. with the stone removed there is now a persistent 2 inch deep puddle) and also written down plans (such as a French drain) for dealing with whatever I find.
The disadvantages of crab apple trees. In summer, the apples are too sour to pick and eat. In winter the birds come and leave dropping all over the place.
Last edited by AllanJ; 06-13-2011 at 06:44 PM.