customer having problem with lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Surferbum21, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
    Posts: 392

    I have a customer whose yard gets mushy after a heavy rain. He says he has brought in sand before to level it and help out but he says it still gets soft and stays soft after rain. Would bringing in top soil and leveling the yard with it help this out?
     
  2. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
    Posts: 392

    anyone? anyone at all?
     
  3. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 441

    Without pics, and more info, I would offer a french drain option. But, I have been known to overbid a job.
     
  4. jeffinsgf

    jeffinsgf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 641

    Maybe, maybe not. Just adding topsoil isn't going to solve a drainage problem, unless the soil is added so that it changes the drainage pattern and flow. You have to figure out where the water is coming from and where you can send it. Collect it at the low point it is moving toward, then direct it to a lower point, either with a surface channel, a conventional drain or a french drain.
     
  5. jeffinsgf

    jeffinsgf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 641

    Just noticed that you're not too far from me. You should also consider what the Missouri Department of Conservation is promoting for drainage problem sites. Alter the grade so that ALL the water drains toward that one area, then establish a bed of marsh plants. It's called a rain garden. It is a great alternative to channeling the water toward already over-taxed storm sewers. I built one in my yard, and love it. Some very interesting native plants thrive in soggy conditions. In drought, you might have to irrigate a little, but most of the plants are adapted to drying out in the heat of the summer.
     

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