How to Prevent Waterlogging in Your Garden

waterlogged-lawnLow lying and clay soil areas tend to be characterized by excess surface water and poor drainage. This is a common problem and often frustrates most homeowners. If you are one of those whose garden has such a problem, you can prevent water logging using the guidelines outlined here.

  1. Choose the right plants for your condition

A common challenge experienced by beginner gardeners is that of lack of information on which plant to choose for their soil type. You should ensure the plant you choose for your garden is compatible with the type of soil in it. This is the first and very important step especially when you have water logging issues. It, however, depends on the severity of the condition.

Carefully select plants that will thrive well in wetter conditions. If your garden has clay soil, consider fuschia and geranium. Some species of the hydrangea plant can also thrive in wetter soils.

Container gardening is recommended for those who prefer plants that can thrive in drier conditions. You should remember that container gardening also requires proper drainage. In that case, add some gravel or broken up pots at the bottom of the container. Container gardening can be a great solution to a poor soil problem as it offers you with a wider choice of plants.

  1. Use Water Recyclers and Rain Barrels.

We both know that preventing something is much better than waiting to cure it. You should not wait to drain excess water in the garden when you can handle it at the pass. Use a guttering system to redirect and collect water into an overflow barrel. Apply the guttering system in all the structures within your compound including temporary structures like sheds and greenhouses. This will help in preventing the excess water from making its way to the garden. Furthermore, you’ll have plenty of water for use during drier months.

  1. Create a Contour Bund

Perhaps your lawn turns into a paddy field during those rainy months of the year. While replacing it with paving stones could serve as an option, you may consider creating a contour bund also known as a grassy swale. Naturally, grassy swales tend to occur around small trees. You can create yours on a lower ground level or on a gradual slope to allow for the draining away of the excess water.

  1. Consider installing a French Drain

A French drain can be your last option in case the water logging problem is serious. The system is usually installed by digging a trench that is filled with sand, gravel, or rocks, and sometimes a pipe made up of percolated material. If you are experiencing a lot of water, the pipe option might work best. After you’ve installed the French drain, water will be filtered down.