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    Default Draining small swamp in front of house - with photo

    Hi there!


    I'm looking for a DIY solution to eliminate this swamp that forms on the footpath outside our house up to a week after rain.


    Here is a diagram photo of the situation...
    https://skitch.com/mhoward/egagg/iphoto



    An existing pipeline runs under a tree and has probably been crushed by the roots.


    If I run a new pipe around the tree it may not fix the swampy area to the side. Is their a DIY solution that will drain that swamp as well?


    I am a novice with regard to drainage solutions, but I am keen to fix it if their is a good solution.


    Thanks for your consideration.


    - Martin

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    Default Swamp

    Its right next to the road on the footpath - I wouldn't worry about drainage - I would top dress a few time with bedding or medium river sand and let the grass grow through that and see how it goes. May stiffen it up, raise it enough to get run off to the gutter.

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    agree

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    There is a chance that the broken pipe could be leaking into that section of the garden- is it still connected at the top end? One side of my house was particularly swampy until I replaced the stormwater pipes and another broken pipe washed out the soil under my driveway where the break was.

    If not, I'd follow the top-dressing advice too.

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