Wet, Boggy Yard? Consider These Solutions

16 May 2023
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A yard should be a place where you can spend time outdoors, enjoying nature. You should be able to walk the dog, grill food, and toss a ball around in your yard. But if the soil is always wet and boggy, it can be hard to do any of these things. Thankfully, there are ways to address a wet, boggy yard. Talk to a local drainage contractor about the options below, and consider how they might work in your space.

Drain Tile

Drain tile is basically a system of pipes that can be installed beneath your yard. The pipes collect water and direct it towards a ditch. Installing drain tile in a large yard can be a lot of work, but it is one of the very best ways to drain a very wet yard. If you are considering having drain tile installed, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Get quotes from multiple companies. For such a big job, it's worth making sure you're getting a good price.
  • Do the whole yard. It is often cheaper than doing part of the yard and then having to have the contractor come back and add more drain tile.
  • Make sure your ditches are wide enough to hold all the water that flows into them from the drain tile.

French Drain

Does the water in your yard seem to pool in the same area, such as along the side of the garage or next to your driveway? In a case like this, you may want to have a French drain installed. This is essentially one pipe that is buried beneath the ground. The pipe has holes in it that allow water to gather inside of it. If the water drains into the French drain, then it won't flood out into your yard. 

Often, a French drain works best when paired with a catch basin. A catch basin is basically a big, holding tank that you bury below ground. The French drain will flow into the catch basin. The catch basin will then slowly empty into the surrounding soil when conditions are a bit dryer.

If you have a wet, boggy yard, you do not have to go on living with it. Talk to a drainage contractor about these solutions. They both have their own pros and cons, and a contractor can give you more insight into which one is best for your own yard.