wet weather spring in yard causing wet problems, help!!

NannajoeApril 7, 2012

We have a wet weather spring at the edge of our yard where it meets the woods, in the early spring time, it begins to flow with almost every rain we receive. It causes that area of the yard to remain wet and when there is a lot of rainfall, it develops into a small stream. The problem is, there are at least 3 power/utility type lines that run immediately under that area, creating a problem for us to dig down and put in drainage pipes at the source, and the immediate area, however, the lines do not disect the area after that. We have considered a French Drain, etc. We're looking for the most affordable means to solve this problem. I recently read about the lasagne type gardening..I'm wondering if we could just lay the perforated pipe on top of the low spot where the pipes cross underneath the ground..continue running some perforated pipe at a lower grade across the yard, haul in small rock and dirt to place on top, WOULD that allow the water to enter the drain pipe, and flow across the yard, and then we could simply plant on top of the new hauled in dirt? What are your thoughts on this problem?

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Your explanation needs clarification. Could you post a picture that shows the location AND THE PATH where water would drain? Will excavation be by hand or machine? (To imbed picture(s) upload to photo-hosting site, use "share" feature to find picture's html code, paste code in your message.)

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 12:46PM
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karinl(BC Z8)

I would guess there are some municipal constraints that control what you can do with a spring. It might be smarter to landscape in a way that allows the water to ebb and flow than to try to shunt if off your property - if that is where mother nature and the city decree that it should be.

Also, where do you want the water to go - check that it is OK for it to go there.

The more you can tell (and show) about the problem and the area, the better the information you will get.

Karin L

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 8:43PM
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sparklplenty(6 TN)

I have a problem like this except it is in the middle of my yard? Does anyone know how to fix this?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 8:19AM
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laurell(8 - Washington)

Turn it into a dry (and sometimes full) stream bed and make it a focal point.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 9:09AM
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laurell(8 - Washington)

Turn it into a dry (and sometimes full) stream bed and make it a focal point.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 12:26PM
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