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colesdad

03:19PM | 06/27/06
Member Since: 06/25/06
3 lifetime posts
Bvlawn
I know that there are a lot of factors that play into having a swampy backyard after moderate rains, but I've recently been told that it is because there is clay below the topsoil. We've owned the house for about a year in Central NY and except for the dry summer months the yard is swampy. I've heard talk of drainage tiles, but I'm not sure if that would be helpful. We bought our house for it's big yard and are very disappointed to find out that it's squishy 9 months (or less depending on the rain) out of the year. I realize that this is vague information and that the "lay of the land" and other factors might be the cause of the problem, but in general does anyone have any advice? Thanks in advance for your ideas.

chorlton

05:03AM | 06/28/06
Member Since: 08/29/04
35 lifetime posts
Like you said there are several factors, but you may want to look into installing a french drain. Also, you could dig a trial pit to determine what the soil conditions are in your yard. If the topsoil has a high clay content, you could mix in sand etc to improve its drainage. However, if there is a band of clay under good topsoil, the french drain may be a better option.

Giddaymate

11:01PM | 07/25/06
Member Since: 01/25/05
1 lifetime posts
Hi,

These two sites maybe able to help you out with idea's for your poor draining backyard.

http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/2001/archives/2001_archives/in_the_garden/gardening_tips,_books,_techniques_and_tools/clay_soils

http://home.clara.net/tmac/urgring/faqsoil1.htm

Below are 2 Australian companys that make Claybreakers that I am able to buy here in Sydney. But I am sure you will be able to find the same thing from where you come from.

http://www.brunnings.com.au/products/factsheets/Gypsum%20Clay%20Breaker.pdf

http://www.yates.com.au/Products/Fertilising/Specialised/GypsumClaybreaker.asp

hope this helps you out

regards from Noelene


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