QuestionsGarden SkillsTechniquesDrainagePOORLY DRAINED SITE
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!
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.