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What to do about my flooded yard?
My yard floods, badly. The only spot that doesn't stand in water and gets sun because it's not under a ton of trees is in the back right side of my yard.
But, it has a ton of roots on top of the soil.
I was doing square foot gardening at my old house and I want to continue it here as well. But there is no way I can do it without either removing the roots (not gonna happen) or building that area up.
The only solution I can think of is to use all the mulching stuff that we removed from around the yard to lay a barrier down, then put my 12 x 4 beds on top of it.
Would using old mulch, that is mostly leaves and pine needles, be a problem you think? I could cover it with black cloth to keep the weeds and pokey nature of it down.
It would also serve a purpose in keeping the garden raised enough to not sit in water.
Lay of the land ( photo / image / picture from LittleSister's Garden )
Mulch again ( photo / image / picture from LittleSister's Garden )
Huge pile of 'mulch' ( photo / image / picture from LittleSister's Garden )
Eventually I'd like to build a little raised deck with built in beds somehow. But that will have to come after a ton of other things.
I'd love to hear your comments and/or any other solutions.
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Is your soil clay based? If so I would install a french drain before building the area up. That would allow the water to drain off. You would still have a problem with that much water under the mulch if you just put it on top. It would not be expensive and would carry the water away from your yard.
Wow! That's a lot of water to be around the house. Hope you can find a way of keeping the water moving to a lower area. If not I would think more in terms of digging down and creating a bog area. If you build the soil up the new lowest spot will fill with water and hopefully that is not under your home. Mart is right in that a french drain is necessary if not digging down. Water, water, water???
After talking to a couple of landscapers, it's going to cost a ton of money if I want to do a french drain from the back to the front drain. They'd have to remove a cement courtyard, go around the main drain etc.
Oh and the reason they want to put it into the parish drain system is because we'd have to get permission and permits from the parish to change anything on the land when it comes to drainage. That costs money we won't ever have in one fell swoop.
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