Hi, At some point in the past several months, my backyard has turned from a dry patch of dead grass into a terminal mud puddle--with northern exposure on the back of the house we get no sun back there to dry up the water. I need to get grass to grow there again. I think part of the problem is that rainwater drains from my neighbor's house as well as my own into my yard, thus doubling the amount of water through my yard. My (dead) grass seems to be mostly thatch over a layer of sod which is itself just slapped down on top of dense red clay -- nothing under the sod for the grass to really grow into. Questions: 1. Can I request of the HOA/modifications committee that my neighbor's roof runoff drain into HIS yard, not mine? I mean, really, WTF? WTFingF?! I'm thinking I might run the downspouts underground and put bubblers down the end of my yard. I'd REALLY like to set up a rainwater reclamation barrel but they're not allowed yet, are they? 2. Can anyone recommend a yard/lawn company to get grass growing in the backyard again? I planted some rescued cedars back therein November that are doing REALLY well (yay!) but they look so out of place in my backyard marshland. OR... can anyone recommend a course of action to get grass growing again back there? I'm thinking it needs aeration (evidenced by water not soaking into ground but sitting on top of it and making mud), a seeding, and a cover to protect the grass seeds from foragers until they sprout (like hay or one of them green lawn mats). And, when would I begin this work, soon as it stops getting cold? Thanks for any advice!