Draining soggy areas of Lawns





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Published on Apr 16, 2010

Sorry folks!
This video was created as an after thought, so it does not include any step-by-step images other than the finished project. Maybe that's the reason it has gotten more "thumbs down" votes than "thumbs up" votes! LOL No Oscar for this video!

Regardless of all that, I still felt it was important to share the solution we used to solve a client's perennial backyard problem with standing water in a low spot.

We dug a typical french drain trench with a deeper pit in the middle, right where the low spot was located. Then backfilled those excavations with 2b limestone gravel (no plastic pipe was used) leaving about 6 to 8 inches at the top that we backfilled with soil to regrow the grass from seed. Then lightly covered the seed with mushroom compost to keep it moist.

This method is about your only option when there is no place to pipe the water. You use what is called a "dry well" which in this case was an excavated soil pit backfilled with gravel. You can also use a preformed dry well like this one:

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