What can I do to help soupy clay yard dry out?

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  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 12, 2018
    Amend the soil with compost to improve drainage, this could be last years leaves mix with soil, and clippings to make a nice reach peat. Rent a lawn aerator to remove soil plugs to improve drainage. If the water is coming from somewhere, put in a French Drain to move the water out to the street storm sewers.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Apr 12, 2018
    You might consider installing french drains to help get the liquid out of your yard. They are not difficult to do, just lots of hard work. If you decide to do it, feel free to ask more questions. We are here to help!
    • OzarkGram OzarkGram on Apr 13, 2018
      Lenora, I would like your input on french drains. We are in need of some and would rather do it ourselves as professional work is quite pricey!!
  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Apr 13, 2018
    We have the same problem, we have top soil on top of many feet of solid clay, and we have tried many things. Everyone says French drains, but the house is in the way of draining, there is only one way on the far side of the house. There's no way it'll work. If you find out how to fix this, please let me know.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Apr 13, 2018
    French drains are not difficult to install or understand. They are approximately 3 inch or 4 inch pipes with holes in them. They use gravity to work as water will seek the lowest level. Basically one part is buried in the yard where you have too much wet and the other end is lower than the wet part of the yard, hence the water fills them and drains off. We put ours in to dump in a place in our yard where we had our apple trees. You need to find a place for the water to flow on the edge of your yard or a street to go down a drain or something. Dig a trench 8 or 10 inches deep as long as you need for the French drain. Start off like 8 inches deep and end 10 inches deep for example. The edge of ours was exposed to the open as that part of our property dropped off at a slant. You do need to have a place for the water to go after it drains into the French drain. Anyway, put gravel an inch or so deep in the hole, then lay the French drain, then cover sides and top with gravel, then cover with dirt. The water should drain off your yard into the French drain then it should run off that part of your yard to dump wherever you determined it to run. The important part is to keep the end where you want to drain off water a little higher than the end where the water will go. Refrain from it going down and up, you will need to lay a level all along the trench to show it is steadily going down hill to the end. Replant the soil above the trench with new grass. Also ask your local home improvement store manager to explain any questions you have. Good luck finding a spot for it to drain out. I hope this works for you. We were super happy with how ours turned out. We put in two such drains on our property and they both were a tremendous help.
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