Hi all, was hoping for some tips with what to do with my garden. I have two weeks off work and want to do something major myself to try and sort it out. I live on an area with clay soil so the drainage is terrible, my neighbours out the back and to both sides have full or partial patios/ gravel areas. I have mostly grass which is terrible in the winter . The ground is now fairly compacted and there is large puddles everywhere.
I have a patio area as you walk out then it's grass with another area at the back with concrete sleepers. I toyed with the idea last year of creating a herringbone drainage system running into a drain near the back of the house but changed my mind as I didn't want to bring all the water towards the house. Anyway then the weather got warm and all was forgotten. Now it's terrible again and annoys me every time I look out of the window.
I have a couple of ideas. First one being , use a post digging spade and dig large holes around 10-15 inches deep and 6inches wide all around the garden, and fill these with first with sharp sand and then gravel.
Secondly I was considering digging an area all the way down where my fence is to the right 1 metre wide and filling all the way down with gravel.
One other thing I have considered is just a sort of soak away running to the bottom of the garden with a giant hole filled with gravel.
Any ideas people