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Soft boggy lawn

I have recently moved and in a certain area of the lawn it seems to be slightly boggy when you walk on it you sink but only just so boggy would seem not the right word more extremely soft. The rest of the lawn is perfect i know we havent had much of a great deal of sun this year but my neighbour who has lived in this area has been here for 8yrs and she said that its always like that grass grows well in that area but is there anything that i can do to make if a bit firmer have only been here 4wks and have mowed the lawn twice since moving in. snowfrill, balla, Co Mayo Posted: 05/10/2011


Mowing twice in 4 weeks is normal for this time of year.

It is possible that there is a small spring or seepage of water form higher ground.

You can either treat it as a bog-garden area with plants that like marshy groundl, such as gunnera, lysichiton, astilbe or filipendula, or drain away the excess water.

Ideally the drain should run to a drainage out let such as a ditch. 

Or if you have no drainage outlet, you might consider a soak-pit to take water off the surface.

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We moved to our property four years ago but haven't had the funds to deal with the garden. I'm determined to do a start myself this year but funds are limited and our garden is very water-logged. I know drains are needed but what ground work can I do to get started before we hit this step? There is a weedy lawn covering the 1acre site would I have to kill it off first? At the moment we can't even walk on the grass as every step you take sees you sink into a watery quagmire. It doesn't help we're located at the base of a sloping hill and our site slopes down to the road as well but we need our green space! Leonie, Cloone, Co Leitrim Posted: 15/03/2011



On a very wet site, as this sounds, you can do one of two things: either drain the entire site with land drains or drain only limited areas of the site and live with wet soil on the other areas. The wet areas can be simply planted out with alder to make a garden woodland ... no more mowing on that area.

To plant alder, and willow, the exisitng sod need sto be killed out with Rounup in late sumnmer and the planting done in autumn/winter.

You ned to get somebody who knows about land drainage to assess the site. It might be possible to put in catch drains to take water that is flowing from higher ground and a set of herringbone drains on part or all of the site. To drain effectively, there must be an outfall for the water, such as a stream or a ditch.

Much of the problem may be due to site damage and compaction due to earthmoving and this needs to be assessed. 

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surface water on garden

I'm living in Riverchapel and our back garden garden have a layer of surface water that stays for days at a time if it rains. We only get sunlight to the very back of our garden which helps with drying it off also the grass is very patchy. It is a 2 year old house and we have no experience of gardening so haven't a clue what is could be or where to start resolving it. Danielle, Gorey, Co Wexford Posted: 20/05/2009


A drainage problem can only be solved by giving the water a means of escape, either by flowing away to lower ground or soaking down through the soil.  

Usually an outlet is impossible because it would flood neighbouring gardens. But you could try a soakaway, which is a pit dug in your garden to get water down from the surface.

The problem is probably due to compaction and this is usually a layer below the surface and often it can be breached to allow water to drain away, by making a narrow hole and filling it with stone to within 15cm of the surface and then soil with some coarse sand mixed in. Or dig out a bigger soak-pit.

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Water lying on lawn

I have a drainage issue, water not draining through the ground. What I have done is drove a steel bar down 20 inches into the ground and filled up with drainage stones(about 12-14 in). I filled up with water and only drained 1 inch in 4 hours. My intention was to have these holes about 18in apart throughout the whole garden. But not sure this is going to work.The garden is 85 sq mtrs. Do you have any suggestions. jackiechan, Clonee, Co Meath Posted: 04/04/2008


This sounds like a soil compaction problem. What you have done does help but sometimes it is necessary to create more drainage capacity by means of a soak-away. This is a hole about 60 to 75 cm cubed, filled with big stones to almost the top and about 20cm  soil.

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