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Cherriel
Backyard swamp

Our house has always had a marshy backyard. There are no ponds, water pipes or sewers near our backyard. All the water and sewer pipes run out the front of our house. We planted a willow tree hoping to solve the problem, but this year with all the rain we have been getting, the marsh is taking over our yard and encroaching onto the neighbor's yard. About 50 feet by 25 feet. We have been told (not by an expert)that there is a natural spring there. The ground slopes, but the water stays in the one area instead of running off. What can we do on a shoestring budget?

A. Spruce
Re: Backyard swamp

If it's a natural spring, you'll be hard pressed to stop the problem. What you'll likely have to do is install a drainage system that will collect the water and pipe it to municipal or natural run off systems.

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