Hi all, new to the forum and pretty new to permaculture in general. I found myself reading and watching videos about permaculture by way of my drainage issue in our large back yard. I'm hoping for a little feed back on options.
Here's a picture of the yard, the problem area is circled in red. The whole yard is about an acre and fully fenced.
In case this may help, this is a little video of my puppy digging in the soil around a cherry tree I planted - I brought the tree over from the old house and when I planted it I realized the soil was very sandy without much organic material in it. Then when the rain came, well....
video of wet sandy soil
The background: we bought this house on 4 acres last summer. Our springs are pretty wet and the area I circled holds the water and you can't walk the area without rain boots. This is the area I wanted to plant an orchard or food forrest, so drainage will be pretty important. There is a lot of hardpan in this area, as reported by the neighbors. This yard is not naturally flat but a previous owner brought in a bunch of sandy top soil to make it level. So when you put a shovel to this area you pull up sopping wet sand and a puddle of standing water is left in the hole. Of course after a few weeks of sun it dries up reasonably well but we get quite a bit of rain in western WA.
I realize a swale may be possible but I admit I'm leery of mosquitos. It's still damp out and the mosquitos are going nuts right now. I'd hate to give them permission to hunker down in my back yard. Are there any other options besides putting in french drains? Your experience and thoughts are appreciated.
Location: Central New York - Finger Lakes - Zone 5
posted 6 years ago
Since you've got plenty of ground for many things, I'd consider having a small pond there ... and a few fish will ensure against skeeters! Around the pond can be all many of flora, fauna and trees - some edible, some just for beauty. Regardless, unless you go with a drainage tile like system, the tree needs to be moved for drier feet.
Hope you get it worked out ... and get yer dern dog(s) until control - lol.
To understand permaculture is simply to look at how nature has been growing things for thousands of years. The 'secret' is simply to keep the soil covered with plants or mulch.
Location: Pacific Northwest
posted 6 years ago
I've thought about a pond but I'm not sure it would keep its water level year round making the fish part hard. That could still be turned into something pretty, a rain garden of sorts, but that brings me back to mosquitos in the rainy season. The visual of that in my mind is pretty though.