Thursday, 7 July 2016

How to resolve standing water in your garden

It’s no fun when water collects in your garden; the grass turns into a mud field and a soggy mess soon ensues.  We have had problems with one aspect of our garden because water was draining down from the mountain after a farmer re-routed a stream!  Yes a grand idea for him but it turned into a bit of a pain for us.  Fortunately it only seems to be a problem for a certain part of the year and admittedly only a small section of it.  But when it does happen water literally floods our garden.

Personally I quite like the farmer, so I accept the stream is now on a different path – such is life.  But we have been looking at solutions to minimise the damage, especially as that area of garden has a sceptic tank and they can be prone to more problems when they groundwater rises.

Water Pump

One possibility is getting a good water pump so we can make light work of getting rid of the excess water.  Pumps apparently work best when used alongside a sump pit, which should be built where the water pools.


The garden that is affected currently only has one plant so hopefully adding more would help soak up the extra water.  But if the ground becomes too water logged the plants may fail to thrive or die from the lack of goodness in the soil.  Although if the duration of the flooding is generally short (like we tend to have) then it should not have as much of an impact as the plants can recover during the dryer periods.

Ferns have dense root systems so are handy to sort out water logged areas.

Well-maintained Drains

If you have garden debris blocking your drains naturally water will have to go elsewhere, so do check regularly to make sure these are clear and working properly.

Redesign your Garden

We have lots of tarmac, so water has fewer options to dissipate on its journey.  Think about the surfaces in your garden and adapt them accordingly to allow water to drain appropriately.  Also add compost, according to this BBC article "the more compost that's in, the better the drainage and water holding capacity."

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