Looking for advice on a lawn that has poor drainage.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by sandman512, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    All you are going to get on this forum without providing more information/data is guesses. You need to verify what is going on with the soil. Find the cause of the problem and fix it. Place to start here is checking/mapping your soil for compaction.
     
  2. sandman512

    sandman512 LawnSite Member
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    Just to add to this discussion, I had someone else come over and take a look. He felt it was "perched" water and suggested running drains, underneath towards a low point(to the rear). The first thing he suggested was digging a hole with a post hole digger about two feet down and see what is going on, then take it from there. I will update this post as time I progress, once again, THANKS!
     
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The first step is to look at the soil profile to see what you are dealing with... :)
     
  4. sandman512

    sandman512 LawnSite Member
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    Some new pics as of 3:05 PM(EST). I tried a profile pic., but the square I took out did handle well.
    Overall Pic:
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    Bottom of pic. shows the square, have to be honest, was not crazy wet.
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    Over all soil pulled from hole, not muddy at all.
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    Area where I was standing, SWAMP!
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    Profile of interior of hole, not wet at all.
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  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is some of the crappiest looking "topsoil" I have seen.

    What is going on at the red line? Looks like sand piled on top of clay.

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  6. sandman512

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    Not sure what is going on at the red line. Keep in mind, that this WHOLE area was filled with fill after a retaining wall was constructed. Sod was placed on top. Funny thing, the other side of the lawn is doing nicely, and this side is.....well you know.
    Solution?
     
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is it a transition between two different soils types/textures? Is it compacted like it looks?
     
  8. sandman512

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    The top section I removed was tight(compacted). Underneath was actually pretty loose and moist, not soaked. As far as the composition, hard to tell. When they back filled, the used fill and then some cleaner type soil on top, then sod.
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pick an arbitrary scale (1 being little to no resistance, 10 being high resistance) and map how hard it is to penetrate the soil measuring each inch or so down to 12" using a screw driver.

    Also, dig until you hit your native soil, not fill garbage.
     
  10. sandman512

    sandman512 LawnSite Member
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    The other day, I went around with a pitchfork to so called poormans aerate the lawn. The surface to say about 4-6 inches was very compact. After that, not as bad, maybe rocky due to the fill. So, I would say the top layer is COMPACT!!
     

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