I am buying a house that has some drainage problems
in the back yard. There are several spots where water
pools, and constructing a drainage ditch just doesn't
sound like much fun.
Would putting in a rain garden help solve this problem?
Any tips on good plants to use for this? (I am in Louisville,
Any help would be greatly appreciated! This is my first
time owning a home and I'm anxious to try my hand at
Correct drainage on your property is far more important than just gardening
issues. It can affect the very "health" of your home. Water damage is the #1
destroyer of homes and will cause all kinds of rot and insect problems, and
possible health problems as well. The contractor is responsible for
correcting drainage issues if this is new construction. If this is an older
home, you need it inspected by a structural engineer before I'd even think
of moving in to it. Demand that the owner fix drainage before you purchase,
or don't buy the house. Any realtor worth their fee would have already
Well, we've had the property inspected.. no problems other than the drainage
in the yard. The water doesn't flow toward the house or anything.
It is an older home.. and the drainage problems aren't too severe,
but enough to bother me (especially since we have a dog and don't want her
coming in muddy all the time...).
When I first heard mention of 'rain gardens', I Googled and found a
lot of interesting sites on the subject. If the water pools briefly
and dissipates after a day or 2, a rain garden may be what you want.
If it's permanently soggy, the bog suggestions seem more appropriate.
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