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Mar 18, 2013, 06:37 PM
Packy
front yard drainage issue
My front yard slopes to the front of my house. Everytime it rains I have a massive water in front of my house. I do have a small (in height) edger, but last year I could not plant anything because they all got washed away. I do have gutters.
Any ideas that WON'T cost a lot, or something I can find recycled?
Mar 18, 2013, 09:03 PM
GardenSprite
What's the reason for the slope toward the house? Has the soil subsided or washed away (partly from the "massive" amounts of rain)? How long has this been occuring - since you bought the house?

I think the more knowledgeable people will tell you about a drainage system. I'll only say that it sounds as if there's a serious problem, and unless that's corrected, it will continue and possibly cause more damage than it already has.

As to planting something, I don't think there's a realistic option as plants that would tolerate so much water are more like bog plants, but they wouldn't fare well when it doesn't rain.

You mention recycled options. Were you thinking of something that would absorb and drain the water, something like a rain barrel in which water could be channeled from the gutter system?

In what part of the country are you located? Are you in a high rain area such as the Pacific NW?

And, a word of caution, don't use your e-mail as your geographic location; in fact, don't post it at all unless you want to leave yourself open to unwanted e-mails, pests and/or spam.
Apr 05, 2013, 01:27 PM
sugarsuds
Have you considered terracing the slope with large rocks or those wall blocks they sell at Home Depot and similar stores? Our neighbors just did that, as a DIY project, and the erosion is controlled now and they are able to plant things on the terraces to additionally help with erosion. It looks nice, too. Of course you can hire it out if you don't want to DIY. Anyway, hope you can get that water under control.