Does your garden suffer from waterlogging? Are you looking for a solution? Look no further!
If you want to improve your garden but excess water is stopping you from doing so there has to be a solution, right?
It can be an issue for so many people, leaving them with sodden unusable grass for much of the year. Waterlogging is when water is no longer being absorbed due to the saturated soil. This causes the water to rise, sit on the surface and the grass to turn yellow due to oxygen starvation.
Some of the causes can include excess water from heavy rainfall, soil dry patches that are difficult to re-wet and a predominantly clay soil type.
But there are solutions!
Solution number 1… Make sure your lawn is alive
If you are worried about waterlogging, chances are you’d be worried about dead grass. But if you’re happy to murder your lawn but annoyed by the flooding maybe it’s time to stop the persecution of your garden and help keep it alive. The expired brown patches allow plenty of space for moss to thrive. The moss then retains water making absorption difficult. The best thing to do is to fertilise the ground and kill the moss to boost drainage.
Solution number 2… Aeration
Aeration is a simple method for low levels of waterlogging. The process includes spiking the lawn to keep the soil loose. This loose soil makes water absorption easier rather than forcing the water to accumulate on the surface. This prevents the area from looking like ploughed field, if you so much as look at the ground. Doing this throughout the spring and the summer months is the best way to prevent issues later in the year.
Solution number 3… A land drain or a French drain
A land drain is a perforated pipe that is placed at the perimeter of the lawn and covered with gravel. The surface water then runs off the grass, filters through the gravel, preventing the drain getting clogged with leaves and grass, then through the pipe and away.
Solution 4… Drainage ditch
This solution is bold. If you don’t mind digging a big hole in the garden, then this could work. It provides a place to accumulate the water, therefore, helping the rest of the garden. For some, this could be unsightly, but it is possible to turn it into a water feature. Possibly a pond?
Solution 5… Work with the water
This is by far the most environmentally friendly solution for wildlife, but it does require the most sacrifice. To be more specific, you have to sacrifice your garden. Turn the place into a bog garden! Choose plants that thrive in plenty of water. They will help soak up some of the water and make your garden look a bit different.
Bonus Solution… Go nuclear
This isn’t the ideal scenario but if all else fails you can dig it up and start again. Removing the problematic soil could be the solution to your drainage problems simply by replacing the potentially clay-filled soil with better more absorbent soil. The clay is the issue. Doing this could be a great opportunity to include a land drain or a drainage ditch (pond).
Waterlogging isn’t an unsolvable issue; it is just a matter of how far you are willing to go to beat the problem. The best thing to do is to have a chat with a drainage expert to see what they can do to help and how much it may cost.
We at Origin Drainage and Plumbing specialise in drainage and can help you with your waterlogging issues. For more information have a look at the various pages on our website and if you want to see updates on recent jobs look at our Facebook page. We hope this has helped you understand the dangers of drains in the autumn and how we can solve them.
If you think you need help with your drainage, get in contact with us today.