If you are in Houston and you are dealing with excess water in your yard there is an option that you would consider... A French Drainage
Sometimes your neighbor's yard stands at a higher elevation than yours and that's when you may get water runoff from your neighbor after a heavy rain. The problem is that you can't change the neighbor's land slope. You will need a better drainage in your yard to deal with all the excess water coming from the other side. That's when a French drain comes to your yard rescue. It is a common and inexpensive solution.
A French drain usually is a gravel filled trench lined with landscape fabric to keep soil and silt out of the gravel. Some types of these drains include a perforated drain pipe (called drain tile) and may be covered with grass, but the traditional French drain is simpler and easier to build and it has gravel running all the way to the surface but do not use a drain pipe, which over time is prone to get clogged anyway.
Surface water flows into the trench, where it freely moves through the gravel. So regardless of the type that's the basic function of the french drainage. The bottom of the trench is slightly sloped so the gravity carries the water to an exit point at the end of the trench. At the exit point, the water can be collected in a large swale or a dry well, or it can simply flow into a suitable drainage area or into a rain garden.
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