Yard flooding mitigation project

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by tigers2007, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    How often does this flood???
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    That was going to be my next question.

    If I had to take a wild guess, it looks to be whenever it rains.

  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I believe you're right...

    Around here we have problems like that, and the worst is always in the Spring thaw, while the ground is still frozen... big rains on thawed turf sometimes can be managed , but underground drainage does nothing when frozen...

    A scaper friend of mine installed a parking lot built from various sized rock then covered with pavers and anytime of the year, no matter how much raging water comes by the place, it never reaches the other side before its gone... even winter rains can't turn to ice there... :)
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    There are a lot of young aggressive lawyers out there--sue 'em. A good lawyer will cut through the red tape and find out exactly who controls drainage in the area.

    After you install it, Mr. customer will feel better if someone else pays for his new drainage system. Or pond.

    You can always build a raised berm flowerbed...say 6 feet high...so no water would flow down to your customer's property until the level was 6 feet higher upstream.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012
  5. tigers2007

    tigers2007 LawnSite Member
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    This flows every time there is a heavy downpour. I suppose that if a berm is put in, it would just flow around it. This property is at a highpoint. I suppose it would take some major ditch work to make the storm flows stay in the ditch system. The is heavy wetlands down the road, and down the hill.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    We often just plant a bunch of pine trees around areas tha wash frequently and easily...

    The soil doesn't allow for drainage behind a possible berm???
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Weeping willow trees are also a good specimen to plant to help suck up the excess water.

  8. brown thumb

    brown thumb LawnSite Member
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    Agree with the willow....I would also look into a diversion mound/berm and swath of native vegetation to enhance infiltration.

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