Backyard water problem
We are newbie homeowners. We noticed water pooling in the backyard where our property meets our uphill neighbors'. The neighbors swear that they have a drainage pipe for their irrigation system. We had a plumber come and inspect the pipes and they are not clogged. Pipes must not be sufficient because our yard is wet and plants are dying (2 succulents already died and the grass is dying where it stays moist). It started raining, so we understand that we can't do much right now. But, it stayed wet throughout the dry months of June through Nov. (for the entire time we have lived here). We just bought our first home and don't have a lot of money for an extensive landscape update, but the "swamp" is breeding insects, plants are dying and it's rotting the old fence. We are not even sure who to call for this type of problems. We would love to hear from more experienced homeowners on where to go from here. We spoke with two landscape designers and one said we needed a french drain while the other said we didn't need a drainage work but rather re-landscape the area and plant a tree and other water loving plants. We also need to replace the rotten fence. Does a fence company also do drainage work? What would they do if they dug to replace the fence and found a pool of water?