The lawn at the front of my house slopes down to where it meets with my neighbours half. Running down one side of it and in front of the garage is a border.

In one of the photos you can see the end of border. The border at this end is really wet and boggy and it stinks when it's particularly wet. Where the border and the grass meet, the grass is incredibly wet and boggy.

Does anyone have any advice to improve the drainage of both? I would also like to put some plants in the border but I'm not sure what would thrive in this wet area.

For info, it gets sun from midday and we're in the north of England so it's typically rainy.

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  • I live in the UK, so I know you get a fair bit of rain up in the north compared to here, but its not torrential year round. How wet is this area year round? Does it ever dry out? Because I'm just wondering if there's a leak in the sewer or water supply or drains somewhere that's causing a problem... where's the sewer run? Any blocked gutters or down pipes anywhere overflowing? Is your house a new build?
    – Bamboo
    Commented Sep 17, 2017 at 19:19
  • I agree with Bamboo. I would get in touch with the city sewer department to find a way to check the pipes. Standing water with lots of organic matter will stink with the anaerobic decomposition. I'd like to know the slopes...is it lower on the other side of the drive? That water needs to drain somewhere regardless where it is coming from. They have nifty machines to auger beneath your drive to put a drain under the driveway. Looks new and driveways become dams without forethought and knowledge by your contractor.
    – stormy
    Commented Sep 17, 2017 at 19:55
  • Just an aside; your lawn is being scalped when the wheels are in those ruts. Always change your direction of mowing. Diagonals work well. After you fix this problem we can talk about your lawn if you want...or just look up all the lawn questions on our site. We have a TON of information...don't cut any lower than 3 inches, 3.5 is best.
    – stormy
    Commented Sep 17, 2017 at 20:00
  • If you could make a sketch of your front yard and send at least 3 or 4 elevations done with a transit I could definitely help far better. My first inclination is the install of the driveway becoming a dam. Your lawn nor any bed will ever be healthy until this drainage issue is solved. Could you do one more thing for both of us? Please call your city's sewer facility (which you should anyway) and ask if they make mulch from human poo? Fantastic stuff. You could simply dump this on your beds, forget about pulling weeds and absolutely wonderful for soil and weeds and plants! Gorgeous.
    – stormy
    Commented Sep 17, 2017 at 22:42
  • ...does not smell, in fact, smells wonderful, totally different chemistry after decomposition using sawdust. If clients didn't want to use this I told them to find someone else I am not kidding! Was never a problem. Needs to be reapplied every other year but your landscape will thank you!! Let me know, okay? I have found it is not a normal product yet it is fantastic for our landscapes. Forget bark chips!! I am concerned about what they are doing to dispose of our poo otherwise. What I've found is not good...So nice to be able to give back?!
    – stormy
    Commented Sep 17, 2017 at 22:46


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