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Old 02-14-2009, 02:58 PM   #1
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well, here we go......
Lived in our 2000 sqft home for 8yrs now love our home but....our back yard is noting but clay. We have 2 hounds (beagle and basset) since spring is comming the ground is starting to thaw and we have had plenty of rain and we would really like to keep our carpets clean this spring.
My wife and I have been trying to come up with a solution to our swamp, our yard has a little slope, but overall is pretty flat with small mounds here and there.The yard is more wide than it is long.Oh... by the way the slope goes away from the house but we still have water sitting everywhere because of the clay. I'm pretty handy and very mechanically inclined, but this backyard is kickin' my but!!
I'm willing to do whatever it takes to solve this drainage issue.
Another thing i forgot to mention was we have a common area on the back side of our property and our yard is fenced in.
I'm new to this site, soooooo....... any help would calm our nerves.

P.S. live in nothern Indiana if that helps at all

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Ayuh,....

How much drop do you have to work with,..??
Total from highest to lowest points,..??
In inches, by the distance in feet...
Same from the House, to the low point..??

Being Clay,... If continuous pitch can be achieved it'll drain just fine,...
Another way I've seen to deal with it is to trench the parimeter, effectively lowering the water table/ holding ability of the Clay...

Once the Clay is drained,+ reasonably moisture stablized,...
An inch or so of top dirt can be applied,+ seeded for the lawn...
Or,....
A stone area can be raked in for your dogs...

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Thanks for the reply, i'll get out there this weekend and do some measuring. Also found some other sugestions on this site to try. I'm so glad i found this site
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Ayuh,....

How much drop do you have to work with,..??
Total from highest to lowest points,..??
In inches, by the distance in feet...
Same from the House, to the low point..??

Being Clay,... If continuous pitch can be achieved it'll drain just fine,...
Another way I've seen to deal with it is to trench the parimeter, effectively lowering the water table/ holding ability of the Clay...

Once the Clay is drained,+ reasonably moisture stablized,...
An inch or so of top dirt can be applied,+ seeded for the lawn...
Or,....
A stone area can be raked in for your dogs...
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