My Lakefront Property

Well, the neverending rain has made it abundantly clear that I have to reslope part of my front yard, and probably sooner rather than later.  I don’t know how soon, but I know you don’t want water pooling up by the house and right now, the only thing standing between me and the small pond are some raised flowerbeds.

9 thoughts on “My Lakefront Property

  1. Could be. I know I’m grateful, but I’m also going to try to remember to take pictures so I can document how the water pools to fix it.

  2. We had that problem in the back of our house. We tried a relatively simple fix (much more simple than a “resloping” sounds like). We rented a “ditch witch” and dug a trench about 10″ wide, about 10″ deep by the house, about 16″ deep as it cut through a high spot in the yard, and about 10″ deep down toward a drainage area (pond for us, could be a stormdrain or drainage ditch). We lined that trench with “contractor cloth” (thin cloth-ish weed barrier), laid in some marble chips (only about two chips deep). Then we ran some large (6″?) diameter “french drain” pipe (dirt cheap stuff, very flexible, usually comes in 10′ lengths). Marble chips on the side, marble chips on top, then folded the excess cloth over the top like a pipe-and-stone burrito, and covered with some of the dirt and sod that we removed at the start. No drainage problems since. Ideally there should be no high spots in the pipe; it should fall (even slightly) from the area to be drained, toward the drainage area. If your pools are long (like along the wall of your house), you can cut a “T” trench and buy a “T” connector for the french drains, so that one long drainage run can serve a large problem area.

  3. Holy shit! If that’s what relatively simple is like in your world, I am dying to know what a complex project is like for you!

    And worse than that, maybe there’s something more complex to resloping that part of the yard than I know? I was just planning on bringing in some dirt and packing it higher towards the house, lower towards the driveway and front yard, and hoping that moved the water out into the front yard and eventually into the creek. Then throwing grass seed on the whole thing.

    It’s just puddling near the house between the house, sidewalk, and driveway, so it’s a small area.

  4. If you can buy the materials and rent the equipment without a special license, then it must be a ‘simple’ project. The ATF and I disagree about what should constitute a simple project. :-)

    Actually, we didn’t *need* the ditch witch, but the trench had to be about 35′ long and up to 16″ deep in a rather clay-ish soil, so we splurged to save a lot of shovel work. The whole thing took my step-father-in-law and I about three hours, and neither of us had really done something like this before. It’s not as big a project as it sounds.

    Maybe your “resloping” would be easier than it sounds to my amateur brain, but from working with mulch and lava-rock in beds, it seems that you always need a *lot* more material than you think. How many cubic yards of soil do you think you might need (feel free to express that value in number-of-dump-truck-loads)?

  5. Hmm. I was thinking a pick-up truck’s worth of dirt might be just right. If you make an L with your right pointer and thumb and imagine the driveway on the left side of the pointer and the house on the right, with the thumb being, okay, like three times as thick as usual, but with the sidewalk running from the driveway along the bottom of the thumb to the front door, I just need to reslope where the flesh is.

  6. I’m not a fan of french drains myself. In the long term they tend to clog. Though it takes a good while if you filter it properly.

    Re-sloping can run into a lot of material. Usually more than you think ahead of time if you’re doing a thorough job. You might want to just throw a little dirt on the puddling spots to bring them up to the same level as the rest of the yard. I’d look into stealing some dirt from somewhere else in the yard since it sounds like you’ve got quite a bit of property.

    From the sound of it, you’re probably fine leaving it alone and just having a squishy part of the yard. As long as grass grows on it and your basement/crawlspace stays dry I’d say let it go.

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