Q&As/Pots, Raised beds and Glasshouses or Lawn Care/Improving Drainage in Garden Beds and Lawns

Question

With all the rain and snow over winter, the soil becomes very damp and boggy. What’s the best way to improve drainage in garden beds and lawns?

Answer

With garden beds, drainage can be quite easily improved by raising the level of new and existing beds up to 300mm above the existing soil level. This immediately creates a planting site for new plants well above the poorly drained soil. By continually adding compost to these raised beds over the years, not only will the soil improve, but also the health of the plants with a freer draining medium to grow in. If required, consider installing drainage coil around the garden area to redirect heavy flows of winter rain.

With lawns, this is the time of the year to mark those very wet spots, so in drier months you can install drainage coil to reduce the amount of water pooling in your lawn. Hopefully, there will be some slope to your lawn so there is a natural way of draining excess precipitation. If your lawn is predominately based on clay soils, add sand mixed with good quality lawn soil like Daltons Premium Lawn Soil to raise areas of your lawn that are particularly prone to flooding.

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