Re: wet soil on whole property

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Posted by Newt on January 05, 2003 at 23:47:47:

In Reply to: wet soil on whole property posted by heartbroken on January 04, 2003 at 16:59:46:

: our dream was to have a garden of our own but we are finding that the dream house in the country has extremely wet soil. Even after rototilling several different areas we still come up with muddy soil. Our basement is also wet. We live in a hilly area - there are streams and lakes around us and we live below other peoples property (like the bottom of a hill)
: Is there anyone out there that can give any advice or hope that will be realistic and not cost a total fortune? Would appreciate any input - thanks

Hi Heartbroken,

I just groaned when I read your post. I feel so badly for you. You don't say if this house was just built or is an older home. If it was just built, the builder should be responsible for the drainage issues. If the house was existing and the former owner knew of the wet basement problems and didn't reveal them to you then they might be liable. You might want to do a consult with a real estate lawyer.

If you are at the bottom of the hill and everyone elses land runs off onto yours, you will need to find a way to channel the water away or have a sunken pit for the water to drain into. You might want to consider a consult with a landscape architect as well.

My heart goes out to you. There are plants that will grow in wet soils, but I think you first need to address the wet basement issue. In doing that, you may also resolve the wet yard as well. If not, let us know so we can suggest plants that will thrive in those conditions. I wouldn't do any planting until the drainage issues are taken care of. Otherwise you may have to dig out what you put in the ground.

Good luck,
Newt

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