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If your garden becomes waterlogged after heavy rain, it may benefit from some kind of drainage solution. Without too much effort, a garden land drain, soakaway or other form of drainage can remove standing water and prevent your garden from becoming a waterlogged marsh. Proper drainage can also prevent problems with damp both inside your home and can also prevent damage to masonry and brickwork.

Water, water everywhere…

Water is essential for life on Earth, but too much water can cause many problems in our gardens. Not only does it spoil the appearance of our lovingly maintained outdoor living spaces, but excess water can also cause root rot and diseases among trees, plants and flowers.

Does your garden turn into a marshy wetland after heavy rain? If so, it may be a sign that your garden is in dire need of some kind of drainage system.

We can meet & discuss what a waterlogged garden looks like, how to find out if yours is retaining too much water, and what you can do about it.

Do you have a waterlogged garden?

Most of us can recognise a soggy garden when we see one. Some of the symptoms include multiple puddles caused by rain that have trouble draining, squelching sounds when stepping on turf, reeds or similar plants growing in the lawn, and the presence of moss.

Below is a common place drainage solution.

Some common causes of poor drainage

There are many possible reasons why your garden isn’t draining water properly. Here are some of the most common causes of your garden’s swampy appearance:
  1. Your garden has an uneven surface that allows excess water to form puddles.
  2. The level of the natural groundwater under your garden (the water table) is too high to allow easy drainage.
  3. Your garden is situated at the bottom of a hill or on a lower elevation than surrounding properties.
  4. Your garden has a paved driveway, patio or another impermeable surface that interferes with water drainage.
  5. Your neighbour’s garden has a drainage system that diverts water into your property.
  6. The guttering of your house is blocked or not connected to a drainage system. Outbuildings like greenhouses and sheds may have no guttering at all.
  7. Underground springs may have changed the direction of their water flow after heavy or continuous rainfall.
  8. Subsoil and topsoil may have been mixed together when your house was built, creating compacted soil that prevents easy water drainage.
  9. Your house and garden may have been built on top of a water-retentive clay layer.
  10. You or your neighbours may have built a home extension, swimming pool or other structure with foundations that are deep enough to divert water.

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    The final word

    Fixing a waterlogged garden is not impossible, nor should it break the bank. But it can do wonders for the appearance of your garden during periods of heavy or persistent rain. You just need to do a bit of careful planning, and the solution will depend on what is causing the flooding, and how severe a problem it is.

    For only slight or occasional waterlogging, we can create ditches or installing pipe drainage. In these cases, we can help reduce excess water from affecting your garden by picking the right plants.

    In fact, one of the easiest and cheapest garden drainage solutions is to plant vegetation that is compatible with your soil type. For instance, some Hydrangea species are great for regulating wet soils, while clay soil gardens will benefit from species like Geranium and Fuchsia.

    Another solution is to install a rain barrel to collect water from any outbuildings. Your house already has a guttering system in place, but what about your shed or greenhouse? Installing guttering on outbuildings is relatively simple, and once the gutters are in place, redirect the downpipes to overflow barrels. This is an excellent way not only to reduce garden flooding, but it will also provide an extra water supply that you can use during the dryer months.

    Psw Services can help you with all your garden drainage needs. If you live in the West cork area and you’re looking for some help and advice, feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange a consultation to discuss your needs.

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