we have a prolific hillside seep, such that our back yard is now boggy and...

Asked November 27, 2015, 5:39 AM EST

we have a prolific hillside seep, such that our back yard is now boggy and stressed. we have a clay underlay and are at/on the watertable. is a rain garden an option to control / contain the flow. tile drainage is a poor option due to elevations. thanks for your imput

Sherburne County Minnesota plants for wet sites clay soil

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Rain gardens work very well for managing a wet area. Rain garden plants also penetrate clay, even heavy clay and in as little as 3 years greatly improve infiltration of water. The lead plant and other prairie plants are some of the most effective. Check out this web site for information.
https://www.metroblooms.org/what-is-a-raingarden.php
Check out
"images of rain gardens" on google for information and diagrams and plans
of rain gardens. A rain garden does not need to be done all at once it can be planted over several years. Research is also being done on using shrubs and trees in rain gardens to improve the effectiveness for sites with a lot of standing water.