Saturated ground help

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grincon, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. grincon

    grincon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    I have a row of clients on a street that their back yard is next to a field with poor drainage. It is hard for them to even walk in their back yard in the rainy season. Is there something I can do for the grass to build up the turf in this type of soil? The front yards all seem to do ok but its only the yards that are next to the field that have the problem. Appreciate any advice.
  2. grincon

    grincon LawnSite Member
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  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    If it is drainage dig a hole at the low point and fill with rock and sand.
    If it is high water table add enough sandy soil to raise it sufficiently and be careful not to use material that wicks.

    The other options are stone walk ways and such depending on the use of the yard.
  4. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    thats the wise way.........
  5. cudaclan

    cudaclan LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Messages: 152

    Local/Federal ordinances may prohibit you from interfering if it is protected area. A “wet-land” has presidency over your property.
  6. grincon

    grincon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    Thanks for the info, i'm sure its not a federal wetland, its a grass seed field. Most grass seed fields around here just hold water through the winter and it seems to back up everyones property next to it. I think there should at least be a ditch around the field for drainage but I don't think its required of them.
  7. ALLPro Landscaping

    ALLPro Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    You need to figure out where the water is coming from, is their a natural spring running under ground or is it the field in the back yard, If it is the field in the back yard, install a french drain along the entire backyard, that should solve the problem, I had a customer last year who's house was built into a cliff. They had natural springs out of every crevice in a the rock, it was a night mare, i went and installed a french drain along the entire back yard it solved their problems.
  8. ALLPro Landscaping

    ALLPro Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Also like above me they said make test wholes, you have to make these holes to get an idea, and make quite a few of them, also is their a slope coming from the field in these homes, if you can take some pics so we can get a better idea.
  9. QLC- Rick

    QLC- Rick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    French drain. A simple drain tile along the back yard leading to an area it can runoff. Maybe just a buffer of trees/plants/native grass and mulch might be enough.

    or you can go all out a design a install a full fledged "rain garden". I don't see anyway just "building up the turf" would solve the problem, without a lot of topsoil, and basically creating a grade to stop the water flow from the field.
  10. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    If you look at some places like florida where they are at sea level and need the yard to drain there is typically a swale behind every property that is a foot lower than the properties
    Maybe you could get the property owners together and have one large install instead of just one property

    At almost every wholesale landscape place they have large, 50 to 75 gallon, plastic containers that you can hook 4 inch drain pipe to and fill with stone

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