All, my equipment shed has a wooden ramp leading up to it. It is probably 3-4" above grade on gravel, everything installed by the previous owner and his shed installer.
The area immediately in front of the ramp is a wet clay - have had to dig myself out of there so many times that it is now probably a foot below grade a soupy, especially after rain. My backhoe and mower deck are...you guessed it...tucked away inside the shed, behind the "moat". Thankfully I haven't been using my 60D deck for mowing this season.
How do I build it up for a permanent solution to this? Pile rocks/gravel on to the soup until they sink in enough to fill it up? Try to dig through the soup and remove everything I can in there until I'm on more "solid" ground? I think I read somewhere about using a landscape fabric in these situations or some sort of geotextile, but is that worthwhile?
I don't have convenient access to electric to pump it out. This area is approximately 6 feet wide in front of the shed ramp by 15 feet long.
I'd like to eventually do some trenching/drainage work at some point for this, but my current objective is to try to build the area up so I that I can easily get my equipment in and out of my shed.