Soggy lawn in corner

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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Hi this is my garden not looking too great as winter. When we bought the house it was a mess so we levelled it and turfed it about 4 years ago.

However as flat as I could do it, water has always accumulated in the bottom corner and it's soggy as anything, and it's right next to the gate too so anyone stepping off the step just sinks in the mud.
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Even the dogs are having second thoughts about stepping down

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What would be the best way to try and raise that patch a little? I was thinking a few inches of hardcore and then soil and then seed in the spring.
Would that be about right? It's a shame because it all looks flat and uniform but it does this every year.

Cheers
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  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
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    It's not possible to tell from the photo, but if there is a slight fall to that corner, then the house and what looks like a raised patio would be both blocking the natural route that water draining away would take.

    Certainly, you could try defining an area in the corner with something like heavy tanalised timbers or a low brick wall on a strip foundation, then excavate behind and replace with free draining material, but I'm not sure I'd top it with grass for such a high traffic route, especially as it looks shady there. If you did that, you'd also have to beware of comproming the house DPC, though that looks to be pretty high.

    Anywhere on grass that is high-traffic is going to go soggy in a normally wet winter, even where the land is normally well-drained.

    In my chicken orchard, which slopes, the gateways turn into 10cm of mud whenever we have the deluges like we've had recently. I've added many wheelbarrows worth of gravel in these places and it's helped a bit, but it doesn't solve the issue completely.

    So, what I'm saying is that you could raise that corner and still find that the problem had moved to the edge of whatever you place there.
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  • DaftyDuckDaftyDuck Forumite
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    Just a simple thought... Is there a soakaway in that corner? That neighbour's downpipe looks mighty close.....
  • bouicca21bouicca21 Forumite
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    Is it always wet or only after a deluge?

    Can you relocate the gate? Then plant the area up as a bog garden? Or actually turn it into a wildlife pond?
  • docmattdocmatt Forumite
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    DaftyDuck wrote: »
    Just a simple thought... Is there a soakaway in that corner? That neighbour's downpipe looks mighty close.....

    No their pipe goes into a proper drain.
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    docmatt wrote: »
    No their pipe goes into a proper drain.

    Looks like a north facing rear garden.
  • docmattdocmatt Forumite
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    DUTR wrote: »
    Looks like a north facing rear garden.

    Correct.

    In the pic you'll see the white table and chairs. Under there is a big brick chamber drain that runs the whole width of all our gardens, all our pipe work leads into there. :)
  • DaftyDuckDaftyDuck Forumite
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    So, can you run a sub-surface drain from that damp area into the chamber?

    Raising the soil will not stop the subsoil being wet, and that'll still churn the corner up.
  • docmattdocmatt Forumite
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    DaftyDuck wrote: »
    So, can you run a sub-surface drain from that damp area into the chamber?

    Raising the soil will not stop the subsoil being wet, and that'll still churn the corner up.

    Yes I think that's my option. Thanks.
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    edited 27 January 2016 at 10:02PM
    water is coming through the fence were the dogs are via flat roof..
    when it rains heavily,
    go out side and see .after an hour..bring a brolly :)
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  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
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    prosaver wrote: »
    water is coming through the fence were the dogs are via flat roof..
    when it rains heavily,
    go out side and see .after an hour..bring a brolly :)

    Have you read all of the thread, or come to that conclusion all by yourself?
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