Muddy area where grass can't grow need suggestions

Judith B
by Judith B
There is a strip along my side yard where the ligustrum doesn't let any light through and the drainage is poor. I hate walking through the mud to get to my back yard. Even weeds don't grow. I'm looking for ideas what to put there. It abuts my neighbor's driveway so paving is not an option. I was thinking gravel or pavers but I have to take a lawnmower over that area to get to the front yard. There is no way to provide further drainage.
  7 answers
  • ..I have the same issue...mud and hope to find out a solution !
  • Janice Victoria Hart Janice Victoria Hart on Feb 13, 2015
    How about gravel with pavers dotted as a path thru depends how heavy your mower is and whether you want to carry it or roll it @shelbybella
    • @Janice Victoria Hart ..thank you, I thought about that, just need to make sure I have drainage with the gravel. i was also thinking BIG stones, to keep the work to a minimum, and we get snow here...that way could pick them up if needed , before it snows.
  • Janice Victoria Hart Janice Victoria Hart on Feb 13, 2015
    You would need to put some landscape fabric down first then the gravel on top that way they won't disappear into the soil. You don't need to lift the gravel when it snows. We have a gravel driveway and it snows here as well.We dug the soil out and put hardcore down then packed it down then put the landscape fabric with gravel on top. It drains thru the gravel and fabric so it doesn't sit with water.
  • Judith B Judith B on Feb 13, 2015
    I'm along the gulf coast and snow isnt a concern. We can mow our lawns literally year round. The mower is too heavy and hard for me to start to do anything other than start it in the backyard and run it through the side gate to the front
    • Janice Victoria Hart Janice Victoria Hart on Feb 14, 2015
      @Judith B I would still dig out the soil and put hardcore or as you call it there drain rock then landscape fabric then gravel but you could place pavers amongst the gravel to run the lawnmower over, that way you do away with the mud.
  • Opal Opal on Feb 14, 2015
    Second the landscape fabric, we also dug a trench and put in drain tile (which is actually a black plastic pipe with holes), then landscape fabric then drain rock. Drain rock is much bigger than gravel. We have never had any issues in over 20 years. We live a bit east of Seattle so we get massive rain and snow with freezing.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 21, 2022

    Lay stepping stones or pave the area or buy Bog plants.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 05, 2022

    Dig out as much mud as possible and add gravel or shale to the ground. You might need to add a lot til the ground is no longer mud.