I worked for a landfill. It is some of the worst ground to cover. I learned one important thing about all ground, drainage is important. The cheap effective way to make drainage is filter black cloth for gardens.
Find out how your land lays, where water comes in, and where it puddles. Then start at the puddle areas and dig a long ditch (6 inches wide, 6 to 8 inches deep) from puddle straight to desired drain area.
Lay the cloth in the ditch lengthwise, centering it. Place river rock in fabric 2 inches deep, and fold cloth over rock, overlapping the fabric. Cover with dirt and pack down.
Now that your land drains, you can put any kind of dirt and a lot more kinds of plants. Some areas are sandy and high or hilly so it drains too much. This is a little more work but fixable also. At a mid low area on the high spot you will also dig a ditch a V into the side of the hill 4 inches deep.
In this ditch, place a three inch thick by 4 inch deep clay wall put dirt around it keeping it in the wall shape. Sometimes a rock on the down slope of the ditch helps hold the clay but costs more. This clay slows down the drainage and the plants have time to get water. Some people put a V on one side of the hill or high spot. The water will care for half the high ground and the rest is decorated with rock.
These gardening tips are a lot of hard work, but help most kinds of places, and is low cost.
By Carolyn from Chilliwack, BC
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