The great mudhole mystery…

Since we got back from NYC we had a chance to get up to the farm for some work. We are just about ready to set the footing blocks for the cabin, which is really exciting.

But, we do have a bit of a mystery.

The area where we have cleared and graded for the new driveway is looking really good. Its about ready for the 175 cubic yards of crushed run…yeah a long driveway.

Most of it is cleared, graded, crowned, and looking pretty. But…..there is a very small section (about 10 feet across) that is always wet.

Leading up to it, and beyond that spot it will be dry as a crust. So dry that dust kicks up when you walk on it. Then, in a matter of two steps, you are up to your ankles in mushy mud. The soil doesn’t look any different than the surrounding terrain, there is no stream, ditch, or hole leading to it but it is constantly wet.

It’s not even in a low lying area, its almost at the top of the hill. I don’t know if that soil is packed too tightly and won’t allow rain water to drain, or if we’ve got a hidden spring.

There was no unusual plant growth around it to indicate a a marshy area…the ground is just wet.

I don’t have any photos of it yet because its been such a mystery that I keep forgetting to take some. Lol

The next trip up there will be dedicated to unraveling the mystery. The only solutions I can see are: dig a pond, install drainage tile, or reroute the driveway around it.

Anyway, happy farming and have a great week!


9 thoughts on “The great mudhole mystery…

  1. The steepest part of our driveway is north facing and shady. It stays wet most of the time. It’s not marshy, but it does grow a few indicator plants nearbylike wild ginger that like wet feet. We had to crown it pretty heavily to keep on the drier side. Could these be factors in your situation? Congrats on completing the show. Keep us posted on air date! Tasha

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  2. We have natural springs come up all over the place here. Mtn Man used to work at a campground on a mountainside that had a lot of steep roads and then the flat camping spots terraced up the mountain. They had many springs come up in the roads or campsite areas. They would dig a big hole 2-3 feet deep at the spring, trying to dig directly to the source, then put down drain tile pipe that led downhill and drained off where it wouldn’t be a problem. Then they covered it with big gravel, then smaller gravel (about a foot deep of gravel total), and then the roadway dirt over the gravel. Then they didn’t drive or walk on it until the surface was thoroughly dry after the fix was done. They did it many many times and it worked every time except once. The one time it didn’t work they had to get a backhoe in to dig way down deep for them to do the same thing, just deeper. And all those fixes are still holding up 10-20 years later. He says the important thing is to get to the source, as you dig you can start to tell where the spring is actually flowing out of the earth from and that is where you want the drain tile pipe to start.
    Granted, your area might be VERY different from the Rocky Mountains…but maybe that info will be helpful to you. 🙂

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  3. If you do have a spring that would feed a pond my advice would be to dig a pond. Our pond is not spring fed but has a clay bottom to hold water. We use it for all of our irrigation on the farm, pumping water out with a wind mill. It is also stocked with fish as a food source and we use it recreationally as well.

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