catch basins full of water
Just moved into a house that has three 9x9 catch basins in the back yard. They were full of water; it had been more than twenty-four hours from when I had run the sprinklers. I cleaned one, lots of mud on the bottom, and found a bunch of holes drilled into the base. I'm assuming there is gravel underneath, but I'm not sure if soil has clogged that space.
What can be done to keep the water from staying in the bottom?
I don't want mosquitoes breeding in my yard. Not sure what the previous homeowner did, the house was a foreclosure.
I'd hate to scoop water out every time I run the sprinklers or when it rains.