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Saving a lawn that gets too much water and has too little drainage

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Q. I’ve had a lawn service for the last few years but I have a couple of issues. The water table in our neighborhood is extremely high. I can’t afford to have everything regraded. During decent rains we get puddles in our yard that can take a day or so to go away. One of these is under a maple tree and the result is that the grass is now almost gone. At the very corner, we get an enormous puddle (we call it Lake Hausmann) every time it rains. Is there anything I can do where we get (rid of) Lake Hausmann? I bought a small pump but it couldn’t keep up. In the area by the outtake for the sump pump system, is there anything I can do to get something to grow there? Or should I just put down some mulch?

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