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How to improve your garden’s drainage

Does your garden practically turn into a swamp when it rains? Well, it sounds like you have a drainage issue.


It can be difficult to maintain the health of your garden before summer arrives. Autumn, winter and even spring weather can bring ups and downs, especially in relation to the amount of water that builds up in your garden’s soil.


If your soil normally becomes sodden or even boggy when it rains, you need to look into how you can improve the drainage situation in your garden. Here are some ways to get started with precisely that.


1. Grow lots of plants and flowers


One of the best ways to lessen the impact of water in your garden is by growing more flowers and plants. Although flowers and plants cannot handle waterlogged areas, if you plant a lot of flowers within your soil, there is a chance that they will be able to stabilise the ground.


Try and pick flowers that are more tolerant to a lot of water. This is a great way to help with your garden’s drainage issues without breaking the bank.


Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on plants! Just pick your favourites and make sure to space them out evenly. That way, you can help ensure no areas of the garden become too easily saturated with water.


2. Create raised flower beds


Whether you seek advice from the best experts in garden drainage Essex has to offer, or you decide to do your own research, a great way to help improve your garden’s drainage is the creation of raised flower beds.


If you create a raised bed, you will be able to keep it away from the sodden ground underneath. Instead, you can fill it with good-quality soil that can help your plants grow. You will also find it easier to control the amount of water that goes into the soil. You can even protect the bed by covering it during flooding and bad weather.


3. Increase your organic matter


If you are worried about the permeability of the soil in your garden, and the damage to your soil is not too severe, you may want to increase the amount of organic matter within it. Organic matter can help water to drain through the soil without it becoming clumpy, sodden or even clay-like.


One of the best ways to do this is the use of compost. Mix it with your soil and you will find it easier to control your garden’s drainage. You will also find it a bit easier to maintain your plant life.


4. Bark chippings


As bark chippings are made from wood, they are able to absorb moisture. Not only can they help prevent weed growth, but you will find that they are also useful for insulating your soil. That way, you can help maintain the health of your soil and control the moisture level of the ground.


5. Artificial grass


Should you be experiencing extreme garden drainage issues, you may want to replace your garden’s grass with artificial grass. This will help control the amount of rain that reaches the soil underneath. Therefore, it will help control your amount of garden drainage.


Would you like to have a more in-depth conversation with trusted experts about how your needs in relation to garden drainage can be met? If so, it’s as easy as you like to get in touch with the First Call Drainage UK team in Essex or Kent

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