As mentioned in the past, when we bought our house, the back yard was a major area of concern. I assume it was a major reason why the house had been on the market for so long. It was swampy, strewn with the remains of both an above ground pool and a coy pond. It’s been cleaned up, grass has been planted, and water has been drained. As it stands now, we have a ditch along the north side of the lawn filled with gravel. Out contractor would like to leave it this way, and I’m sure it provides the best drainage possible, but It’s a bit of an eyesore. We talked about putting some mesh over the gravel and planting some grass, but we have some concerns about that. First, the grass would likely die without the soil necessary to take root. Second, if it will compromise the effectiveness of the drainage system, then our whole back yard will be useless again. Maybe planting some shrubs or wild grassesor something nearby along that whole edge of the yard. I’m open to advice from more knowlegable sources! In the mean time, here’s what our back yard looks like.
And finally, for comparison’s sake, some “before” pictures.