BackYard with poor drainage

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Natural Impressions, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. Natural Impressions

    Natural Impressions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    I am writing this in hopes of finding someone who might be able to help me out with a customers drainage problem.

    I currently have a customer who has a relatively large back yard ( 20 by 40ft deck on back of house....40ft seperating the deck from built in pool.....1/2 court basketball court to the left of pool......I'm guessing 100ft. by 225 ft. in dimension overal.
    The grade of the house drops at about a 10 degree angle from the back door to the pool. Because of this slope most of the water settle in front of the basketball court...ground is very very wet.

    I am trying to help him with a solution to dry out the area. My question is How could I do this? His overal plan is to one day put a kio pond where the drainage problem is and I don't believe he will ever be able to do this because of how wet the soil is. Please help. Thanks
  2. Captains Landscape

    Captains Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333
    sub-surface drainage isolators. you could plant them far enough away from the proposed koi pond area, and still accommodate for the pond.
  3. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    french drain
  4. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 601

    Curtain drain, place it uphill of the problem area and catch all the water before it settles in the location of the "someday, maybe " koi pond.
  5. Natural Impressions

    Natural Impressions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    The curtain drain. I did somthing like this for a customer who had a washer draining to nowhere. She would always have an area of blue or red water in her back yard. So I dug a whole there ( 4ft. by 4ft., by 4ft.) and filled it with 2 ft of stone.
    I'm glad to know this is something that could help this drainage problem. Any reconmondations on depth or is 4ft depth ok. I went that far deep last time because I wanted to get below the freezing line.

    Thanks for your advice.
  6. blackoakstone

    blackoakstone LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    ever checked into rain gardens?
    if not, google it. or hit raingardens dot com...
    environmentally sound way to use runoff and poor drainage to the homeowners advantage.

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