Hi - I'm a new homeowner dealing with what I think is a compacted-clay soil backyard that is very wet in spring and dry/cracked in summer. Weeds have overtaken most of the lawn and ivy from the gardens (running along the full length of both sides of the yard) is making its presence known through the lawn as well.
It seems like the slope of the property leads toward the house, and there isn't much room on either side of the house to divert rainwater from the backyard around the house to the road.
So I had thought about dry wells, but our water table is so high that any hole I dig would be instantly filled with water. I know this because I put in a fence and each post hole instantly filled with water...
Then there is the option of french drains, but without a place to direct the water...?
Will aerating the lawn assist in water dispersion? Are there any other methods?
Any help appreciated!