Garden Drainage: How to Avoid a Waterlogged & a Flooded Garden

Garden drainage maintenance is important all year round, but even more when the cold weather is here. With the winter on the way, it’s getting colder and wetter. We know we’re already looking forward to the summer, as the rain gets warmer. Still, after a torrential downpour many are left with a flooded & waterlogged garden, which is no fun! All that water does need to go somewhere…

Either it flows away in no time if the ground is impermeable & hard. Or it will slowly filter through the ground. If you say flooding damages your property, you are right as rain! If your garden is waterlogged it can in some cases even damage your plants & trees. By hell or high water we are here to help you!

So if you don’t want to be rained out, here are different ways to avoid your garden from being flooded, and how to fix your garden drainage system.

  1. Clear your drains:

A simple but effective way to prevent your garden from flooding is to clear and collect all fallen leaves and debris off your lawns and paths before they fall inside to create a blockage. Allow the water to run away with regular garden drainage maintenance around your shores. You have to make sure the rain can go somewhere. You can also use a garden vacuum to collect the leaves.

garden drainage pile of leaves

  1. Add Organic Mulch:

You can add organic mulch such as top soil or mulch like bark to your garden to increase water absorbency when it rains. This will help prevent any water log and damage to your garden. For regularly flooded parts of your garden, mix top soil with some sand to improve your garden drainage.

garden drainage - Organic Mulch

  1. Minimise concrete in your garden:

It is recommended not to have too much concrete laid in your garden. This does not mean you can’t have a patio; you should just limit the concrete area in your garden. Indeed, water will be collected in an area after running off the surface. If you are layering slabs down for a patio try leveling them on top of sand to maximise drainage under the concrete.

garden drainage - concrete

  1. Level off some areas:

If you have areas of your garden that flood often this may be caused by uneven levels. You can level off the area with top soil which should stop the flooding from occurring, as it will no longer collect all the water in one single area.

garden drainage - flooded garden

  1. Drain Laying:

A more extreme approach to stop or prevent flooding in your garden would be to lay drains under your garden. This will take the water away from your home into the sewage system. Before you start digging up though please be aware you may need permission from your local council to do this. So don’t be digging without their permission or we will have to dig you out of your hole!

garden drainage - digging your lawn

If you ever have a flooded garden or any kind of garden drainage issue and these tips just muddied the waters then contact us, as we will be more than happy to help you out!

Posted by Drain Doctor