Water problem: excessive drainage
I have an interesting water use problem. The ground in my area excessively drains, i.e. very gravelly. Standing water is impossible, especially combined with the long hot dry summers.
My site currently hosts mostly pine trees and a few other interesting native plants. I would like to step up the water storage capability and am looking for ideas.
My plans so far include:
Hugelkulture in a few areas
A pond (lined of course) fed by the house downspouts
Heavy mulching and heavily increase the organic matter in the soil
Swales where I can
Has anyone else been presented with these problems? How did you solve them?