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    landscaping - damp ground

    I have an area of my back yard under the north facing overhang of my 3-seasons porch that has been perpetually wet and grows moss constantly.

    I dug it up and buried a 4" tile with a couple openings (screens at ground level, but it doesn't seem to be helping much. The surface water drains away but the soil remains a muddy mess after an bit of rain.

    I was going to put rock down (just some river rock) and plant a couple little bushes but I'm nervous about covering a problem area up with rock ... and having to remove rock to fix it later.

    Do I add more soil to try to angle the area (to drain faster) ... or is my tile installation a complete failure ... any ideas?

    Another theory I have is that the area is mostly dirt and moss all the time and doesn't get the water sucked up by plant life ... but there isn't a grass out there that survives the constant shade.



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    Re: landscaping - damp ground

    having the ground slope away from your house is always a good thing for drainage.

    If you cover it with rocks it at least won't look muddy.
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    Re: landscaping - damp ground

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBake View Post
    having the ground slope away from your house is always a good thing for drainage.

    If you cover it with rocks it at least won't look muddy.
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    The area is right along my 3-seasons porch, so its probably at least 10' from my foundation. That's kind of my worry about elevating it ... right now the low spot is 10 ft from my foundation if I fill it in to make a slope I might inadvertantly have my house become the low spot.



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    Re: landscaping - damp ground

    I know there is an agricultural product that you can intigrate into your soil and it is like a pelleted sponge. It somehow soaks up the excess water, and then it goes back to the normal state when the excess water is gone. I saw it at a farm show once, but can't remember what it was called or who was selling it.



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    Re: landscaping - damp ground

    oh...yep you wouldn't want it draining toward the house.
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    Re: landscaping - damp ground

    I had the same problem with my yard. I added a Black Alder tree to the low area and it soaks up a lot of excess water. I added a lot of rock around the tree and tiled it to a dry rock well to help with heavy rainwater.



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