Violet's Hot Garden: Puddles
I'm at the very beginning planning stages for my backyard landscaping, which right now is a patch of compacted, clay, sand, and rock. I am in the Chihuahuan desert, in which gardening has been likened to "mining" -- jackhammers are favorite tools and rock mulch essential. Sunset zone 10, USDA Zone 7-8 (still figuring this out).
So -- I've been in the house since January and it finally rained enough so I can really see what the water does. And . . I have puddles! Since I am planning out my space, and hope to get a crew in to do dirt work in September (dig holes for trees, lay trenches for irrigation, lay out shapes, etc.), I have some decisions to make.
I am posting some pics of the puddles, which clearly show the low point. Water is supposed to drain to the sides, then toward the street in the front of the house. In the pic of the survey, the patio pad is in the lower right. Right now, the water is getting stuck at my gate, and not flowing to the front.
Unfortunately, the big puddle is right in front of my patio pad, so whatever I put in there will be in full, prime view. I was going to put a small, rug-sized patch of winter grass there, but now I'm not sure if that's doable.
Lots of good info here, and I'm researching, researching, researching! ? So I thought I'd ask all of you good folks some questions:
1) How do you think I should address the drainage issue? Stormwater runoff is a big problem here in the desert.
--Build up the back of the lot so there is more slope? (which I am actually planning to do
--Build a rock river to the side toward the gate?
--Build in some kind of French drain?
2) Should I speed the water toward the front? Or "capture" it and direct it towards plants? I'm getting some conflicting and confusing info here. Keep in mind that New Mexico has the worst drought conditions in the nation, so water management is essential.
3) What should I put in front of my patio? Is a turf option still viable, given that it's the low point?
Survey shows . . .
Here's the puddle:
and the puddle, viewed from the patio
This post was edited by Violet.West on Fri, Jul 19, 13 at 14:10