Hello, permies! I have a 2 acre lot, in which the highest point is the SW corner, and the lowest is the NE corner; there is a difference of 22 feet of elevation between these two points. The slope is a convex fan spreading out from the SW corner. Our house sits between these two points, and due to the grading for the home, the area behind the house is almost always wet. As in you can hear water squishing in the grass wet, with occasional standing water. Our dirt guy hypothesizes a small spring somewhere uphill from the back yard. to add to the issue, our soil is sandy clay, and is about 7 inches of dirt on top of a 3-4 inch layer of hardpan. Once the soil is saturated, water does not soak IN, it must drain OFF the property.
Now, I have read to put your pond both high and low in the landscape and the rationale for both seems reasonable. If I put it high in the landscape, will it mitigate the water settling behind the house, or just overflow and flood the kitchen? Or do I put it in the wet area behind the house to catch all the water running down the slope, and possibly the silt and mud along with it? Or just put in a rain garden in the backyard and skip the pond all together?
I am stuck in analysis paralysis, and need some help to start off in the right direction.
any feedback appreciated.