Swamp thing/you make my heart sing
April 7, 2008 11:55 AM Subscribe
Home Drainage Filter: What can I do about a corner of my yard that develops standing water for ~36 hours after a good rain?
posted by hecho de la basura to home & garden (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So far I have lived in my house now for about 2 and a half weeks. In that time there has been a huge amount of rainfall. We received 3 inches just this past Friday! I've noticed that the right corner of my back yard develops some pretty serious standing water and I am utterly clueless as to what to do to remedy it.
There is a marked low spot of unknown origins there, approximately 5'x10'. The water in the low spot is of a depth to cover the (medium-size/mutt) dogs ankles when they stand and play in it. Which they do often. They have also dug at least one huge hole there, thereby increasing the low in the low spot. The water eventually drains/goes away after about 36 hours. I'm not sure if the spot ever really dries out completely as I have not lived here long enough to see 48 consecutive hours of dry weather. The corner is the corner where my yard and my three neighbors' yards meet. None of their yards have standing water in the adjacent corners.
My original thought was to simply plant a rain garden there but I read that a spot that has standing water for more than 24 hours is not good for rain gardens. I'm hoping this is incorrect information because I would dearly love to have a rain garden.
Is it possible to just fill in the low spot with top soil? Do I put gravel down and then dirt? Is a rain garden out of the question? I am desperately (perhaps pointlessly?) worried about the oncoming mosquito season. The water *does* drain eventually. It just takes a day and a half.
This is my very first house so every little thing is freaking me out!