Asked on Oct 9, 2017

Filling in back yard to prevent runoff from road



The City built a bike path in the rear of my back yard about 5 years ago. Each year the rain runoff comes further into my yard - now about 15'. This year with Hurricane Irma and following weeks of rain, I have standing water across the perimeter of my yard. I have empty lots on each side , which are also covered in water. My neighbors also have water and City will do nothing. I have lost several in-ground plants due to being under 2" of water. What is the best way to build up my land to keep water out and what sort of ground cover should I use. I'm not in a financial bracket where I can hire a professional and I'm a single senior woman not afraid of hard work. As I am writing, heavy rains are coming down so it will be awhile before area dries out. I live in Northern, East Coast Florida...

2 answers
  • Shoshana
    on Oct 10, 2017

    You can plant lily of the valley as a groundcover.
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 10, 2017

    Start by going to your local dump or recycle center. They usually have rocks that you can take to build up a dam like area. Call town hall and ask for the numbers. You can get dirt there too.
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