Squishy Ground Causes
Hello - I know it might be hard to determine this without pictures, but I wondered if this is a common condition. I have recently moved to a new house in the Huntsville area, and much of the ground in the back yard is kind of squishy - spongey - under my feet. There is no standing water, and water isn't appearing where I walk. The soil is definitely clay-ey, though, and the former owners didn't rake grass clippings, so that could account for some of it. I know they had a previous mouse infestation in the house (lovely); I'm wondering if voles - or moles - would cause this. The property backs up to a wooded creek, so there's plenty of wildlife around. There is a septic tank, but the total property area is 1.4 acres, and the amount of territory that is squishy is significantly more than the area occupied by the septic tank.
I know that's not much to go on, but any ideas? I may have to call in some landscape professionals to get a better read, but the house has other "issues" I have to deal with first.
Thanks in advance,
Kim, a transplanted northerner whose former soil was largely rock & sand.