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Question DetailsAsked on 4/25/2014

Yard remain satuated after heavy rains. I am unable to plant because of it. any suggestions.

Grass remain satuated after heavy rain. I am unable to plant because of it. Any suggestions to divert the water and what perenials can tolerate these conditions?

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A couple of surface swales - just shallow mowable ditches (typically about 6-12 inches deep when resodded so dig about 1 foot deep, about 3-5 feet wide, with a very shallow U configuration so not a tripping hazard, that you just remove the sod, dig the swale, then replant with the excavated sod might solve your problem. Make sure you do not dump the water where it will be near your foundation, or where it will cause a neighbor problems. If you don't want a swale in your lawn, then you can install a gravel-lined french drain with perforated drain pipe leading to some lower-lying runoff area.

If you have a lot of water coming in from neighbor areas, then an interceptor swale or french drain might be needed where it enters your property, to keep it out of your lawn entirely. If you do a french drain, generally they don't work real well under lawns, so it is generally best to bring the gravel fill to the surface and cover with walk crushed stone or pavers so it stays open to water infiltration.

Wetfoot ground plants generally include swamp rushes and grasses like you see around ponds, some groundcovers like specific species of ivy, and many tropical broadleafs can handle wet feet - not many "garden" or flowering type plants like wet feet.

For plant ideas talk to your local professional (not box store) landscape and plant center, or check out online plant catalogs and planting guides. State Cooperative Extension Services also have plant guides for what plants grow well in different conditions in your area.

For drainage issues, a Landscaping company can help you there, or if you know exactly what you want a small excavation contractor could do swales or french drain for you.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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