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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

This sounds like a lot of work. The picture you show of the backyard looks nicer than some other lawns I have seen where people have a maintenance firm do the fertilizing and cutting. Just some ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

You will want 3-4" diameter perforated pipes in the stone layer (also sloped 1"/10ft), and you will probably also want filter fabric on both sides of the stone layer, or it will become a layer of clay ...
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Can I add new soil on top of existing lawn without trouble?

Depending on the grass (certainly with kikuyu), it will break through the additional soil very quickly (I made this mistake recently). You might consider spraying the grass with glyphosate [ie ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

If your looking to make sure the grass actually performs well, you should be sure to amend the soil with a decent amount of compost. I'd recommend at least 1 inch, but if it was me and I was making ...
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Replacing grass against side of house

I love using creeping thyme in places like this. Mother of Thyme grows much higher, if you prefer it about a foot off the ground. Some people are replacing entire lawns with creeping thyme these ...
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First time home owner, leaky basement, and a poorly graded yard.

Ecerwal is right, grading first. You can consider other solutions if you have a good drop towards the street or the back of the lot. As always, when you change the grade where is the water going to ...
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Replacing grass against side of house

Daylilies if in the sun, hosta if in the shade. The best mulch is arborist wood chips because they break down over time, feeding and building the soil. There's no maintenance beyond laying down a ...
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Will Patio Base Trap Water?

The water will seep down between the pavers and make it's way below to the rocks, going into the soil below as the soil can absorb. If your water table is so high, or your soil is regularly over ...
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Yard Grading. Moving dirt from one side to another?

What is the height or rise in elevation from your fence to that wall? What is the horizontal distance from your fence to the wall? Rise/Run = slope 6' of rise over 24' of run gives you a 25% slope. ...
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Is a channel drain the right kind of drain to handle a soggy sloped yard graded towards an edge?

A channel drain at the low side will primarily get surface water, which means the lawn draining into it needs to be fully saturated and running water on the surface before it's effective. If water is ...
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Is a channel drain the right kind of drain to handle a soggy sloped yard graded towards an edge?

Drainage can be tricky. Some of the factors that should guide your decision are: does the soil drain well? Loam or sand drain easily. Clay does not. do you get temperatures that are cold enough to ...
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Increasing the grade on a lawn--in the simplest case is this basically all that would be involved?

I am serious about drainage around my house, in part due to the fact the house insurance does not cover overland flooding (water entering the house from outside). The methods to resolve drainage ...
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What can I use to grade the garden around my house so water flows away from foundation?

Yes, you use soil to raise the grade around the house. It's perfectly fine for soil to touch the foundation, but NOT fine for it to touch the siding on your house. In areas with basements, at least, ...
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What are some ways to dig up the wild grass and level the area?

If you are only looking to dig out the weed grasses and other weeds, its easier if the soil is damp or moist, number one, and number two, use a garden fork, one with a long handle and 4 tines (like ...
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What are some ways to dig up the wild grass and level the area?

Unlike spades, shovels are not designed for digging. If you want to do it by hand, use a tool with a sharp straight blade, not a curved shovel blade which can never cut to an even depth. And don't use ...
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Side yard flooded, low spots near patio, nasty bare clay spots.. best route to take?

From what I have been reading of your question, you do have a bit of a drainage problem on your site. An immediate fix would be a 'dry well' off to the side of your lawn. Dig a big hole; 2 to 3 feet ...
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First time home owner, leaky basement, and a poorly graded yard.

If the surface of the soil is sloped towards your foundation even installing a french drain will not help enough. You have to grade that surface soil to slope away from your foundation. If not ...
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