Mike Haasl wrote:Hi Cassie, welcome to Permies!
Does the water coming down the driveway head into this area as well? I hope it doesn't run into the garage...
I'm dealing with a lot of sand so I'm not sure if this question makes sense... With heavy clay, how much infiltration is even possible?
Do you have a basement or crawlspace on that side of the house?
S Bengi wrote:Why do you want to do earthworks?
You are in a HOA community, their is a limit to how much the neighbors will take, sometimes it comes down to either earthworks or fruit trees but not both before xyz gets pissed off and report you.
Be very careful able drainage near the house. I would stop any swale/etc at least 12ft away from the house. Can you post an aerial/overhead/googlemap view of the property? That would give us a better idea of your site.
You bought 1 acres aka 44,000sqft. I assume 2,000 is the house and maybe another 10,000 is lawn/tree. That still leaves 32,000sqft.
How much of that do you plan on turning into a food forest/garden. With 15ft centers you can plant 142 fruit trees. I recommend not planting stone fruits or apples, they have too much pest and need too much attention.
You might have to wait until a 'hurricane' comes through before you can cut down some of those existing trees with the HOA around.
Mike Haasl wrote:To have water for the garden, it might be easier to do rainwater collection and storage. With your rain amounts you should be able to collect more than you could ever store. If a tank on the back side of the house is ok, I'd be leaning that way on the water storage front.
For the water on the ground department, unless it's causing a problem, I might just let it be. Or do little things but nothing huge. But I'm a long way away so I don't really know your situation...
S Bengi wrote:Those aerial pictures helped me to visualize things.
Is it possible for you to get free/cheap mulch. I think that would help alot.
For the problem spots marked with the X you can add stones/gravel to help with the erosion too.
I like these "straw log" for directing water, stopping erosion and building up soil. (you can also use real logs/branches too)