A comedian once joked that his grandfather told the young'uns he was so poor growing up, the only way he could get a drink was to suck the water out of mud. But your muddy yard is driving you nuts and you don’t like Grampa’s plan all that much. There’s not going to be any mud-sucking by you going on in your yard. Instead we’re going to try to solve the problem.
Here are some solutions that will help you drain the area after a downpour:
1Ouklip or Hardpin issues.
Get a shovel and start digging a trench from where rain collects...This is when you have dense layer of soil just below your topsoil. The water hits that low-porous stuff, stands there then mixes with the first layer. Result: a thick, soupy mess.
Solution: Measure the area, price how many tons of pea stones you’ll need to lay down an inch-or-two. Plan where you want the run-off to go (Hint: The nearest sewer). Go to a Big Box hardware store. Get a “Pop-up Drainage Emitter,” along with enough pipe to take the water from the Emitter to the run-off destination. Lay pipe. Sprinkle the pea stones so there’s a low point in the middle where the Emitter sits. Leave a little room so the Emitter can peek out after being buried by this next step. Add an inch-or-two of topsoil. Pack it all down and plant some ground cover.
2The French DrainThis solution has been around since way before the Romans.
Solution: Get a shovel and start digging a trench from where rain collects to where you want it to go (Hint: The nearest sewer). Remember – this is a low point, so the depth of the ditch needs to be deeper than the lowest point where the water pools-up. It’s time to get some gravel. Fill the ditch to the brim, lay down some roofing felt, cover it with topsoil and plant some ground cover.
3Raise the whole areaIf money is no object, maybe it’s time to create a hill. There is an alternative that might also work. Plant a bunch of water-loving greenery. Western false indigo, Blue elderberry, Pacific wax myrtle, Western dogwood shrubs, desert willow and highland blueberry shrubs will suck the water right out of the mud. Flowers like Japanese primrose, Pink turtleheads, Rodgersia, Moneywort, Spiderwort, Cardinal flowers, Japanese iris, Siberian iris and Ostrich ferns will likewise drain the swamp.