What can be done for a sloped, wet backyard?
Hi everyone, my husband and I are about to put an offer on a house that we love. One of the things that bugs me about the house is that it has a sloped backyard that has rather wet soil when we saw it. It hadn't rained recently but the backyard doesn't seem to be much sunlight and little grass is growing on the left side of it. We live in VA so we are nearing the end of fall, that might explain why there is little grass growing. But does anyone have any ideas why the soil is wet? It's soft and a bit muddy, no puddles or anything. Should we be concerned? Is there anything we can do to make the backyard space useable and pretty without breaking the bank? I thought about leveling it with more soil and laying bricks over it, but that might be very expensive.
I should probably also note that the house is not exactly level with the street - it's a little bit below street level as the driveway slopes down to our house.
Here's a picture of the backyard from the right side (good side). This picture's probably taken in summer so the grass is growing much better then.
Thanks in advance!