Backyard Issue

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I recently purchased a home and I’ve noticed the backyard stays damp to wet depending on the weather. Unfortunately my backyard is the lower of five that adjoin mine. My septic drain field is located in an area close by, but I’ve had it inspected and no problems were found. Is there a type of grass that I can plant to help or can I have some soil brought in? I’m on a limited budget, but I need to do something about my yard. Thank you in advance for any suggestions you may have!!
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I have a skimpy stand of grass, but mainly weeds and the ever present onions!
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  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 26, 2018
    This is a frustrating situation. We had the same situation in our front yard that was corrected by installing storm drains to reroute the run off that came to our property from across the street directed to our property and home.

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  • 27524803 27524803 on Jan 26, 2018
    Yours is a frustrating situation.... if you bring in dirt to raise your yard area... the water run off will be directed back onto one or all of your neighbors properties creating flooding issues for them... and you would be liable for flooding damage, because YOU changed the current drainage dynamic.
    Personally... I would consult a landscape engineer or architect.... they can help you decide if you need a special drainage solution like a french drain, or a wet garden or catch basin for the run off... The engineer may also be able to provide information that will convince your neighbors to aide you in solving the issue (if needed)
    • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 28, 2018
      Out of curiosity, why aren't the others facing the same punishment as she would be it's their runoff that's causing this issue? If you ask me, who ever planned this community wasn't thinking and the planning committee for you area didn't anticipate this issue although it only makes complete sense that this would be the outcome. Our property is at the bottom of a small hill area and they were smart enough to provide a trench within the easement area so that none of the properties on our block get flooding nor standing water. Maybe you can have that done.
  • Eloise Eloise on Jan 27, 2018
    Check out YouTube. Perhaps you'll find a workable solution there: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+fix+a+damp+back+yard
  • Caseyem11 Caseyem11 on Jan 27, 2018
    consider a water feature in that area.
  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 27, 2018
    WEEPING WILLOW TREE(s) will grow faster and thicker where they happen to encounter wet soil. Because they love water, they're great for planting in low areas that stay soggy. Their roots can soak up all that extra water and make a swampy part of the yard usable again. Weeping Willow roots invade and clog underground pipes, tho. FYI: You can take a swig off a weeping willow tree and put it in water and it will root and you can plant it in the yard if you don't want to buy more.
  • Kim Kim on Jan 27, 2018
    I had the same problem when we moved. We brought in loads of black dirt till it was level with the rest of the yards.
    It is so much nicer now. That was about 11 years ago.
  • Sue Morrow Sue Morrow on Jan 27, 2018
    Wetland trees--weeping willow, river birch, eastern cyprus, sycamore, black gum, tulip poplar. I have the same problem but the previous owner started planting these trees, and I will plant a few more.
  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Jan 28, 2018
    Looks like your property is somewhat like mine.
    • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Jan 28, 2018
      Good bit of area, use a riding tractor? Was going to suggest rock garden, but riding on a tractor around this can be a danger. Not willow trees. Have no idea on how fast they grow, but roots of the willow can clog your septic system. I thought of fountain grass, but they get out of hand after years. Ask a garden nursery what the recommend. Really right way to do is with corragated pipe laid in the dip with a pipe running along those trees, But that is paying for dirt & gravel to be hauled in, expensive, been there. Best of luck.
  • Marilyn merwarth Marilyn merwarth on Jan 29, 2018
    If you’ve just moved in there might be a law in your area that the homeowner didn’t disclose this problem they might still be responsible for that for some money towards fixing it I don’t know what state you’re in so I don’t know what your laws apply to
  • DebWor DebWor on Jan 29, 2018
    Since your septic system is near by stay away from weeping willows and other trees that travel to water. They get into your septic system and destroy it. The roots cracked the cement in ours and we not only had to remove all trees but put in a costly new septic system. If you can afford to have some one give you some ideas its less costly than a new septic system. If they draw up plans (you pay for.) You can do the work yourself when you can afford it.