We just moved into a house with a yard that's about 45'x80' with some pretty bad drainage issues. After large rain the whole yard is water logged for days, with a few square yards where it actually pools. I think we'll need to level the yard to get rid of the low spots but before doing that I want to resolve the drainage issue. I've been reading about french drains and dry wells, but I'm not sure what the best and most cost effective solution would be.

On a somewhat dryer day I tried digging a bit to see what the soil was like and it looks like the top 10" or so are very heavy clay. Would perhaps using a post hole auger or similar to make multiple paths through the clay be helpful? What are the steps I need to take to assess the situation?

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  • Where do you live? How do you feel about adding trees? – CloneZero May 25 '17 at 19:48
  • This is in Windsor, Ontario. We've already planted one birch tree, and would be open to adding more. – Otus May 25 '17 at 20:45
  • Can't really tell from your picture - what's under the clay? Do you have a roughly 10" layer of clay over more porous soil? My clay seems to go to the center of the earth, or at least to bedrock... – Ecnerwal May 25 '17 at 21:55
  • That's what it seems like. I have about 10" of that beige, dense clay and below that it turns much darker and seems more porous. – Otus May 25 '17 at 22:23

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