As a gardener, you can run into a host of issues. This is particularly true when it comes to managing water and ensuring adequate drainage. One of the main reasons for this is because of compacted and amended soil, which generally occurs during construction. If you aren't over-watering your plants and have noticed significant water puddles after heavy rainfall, it is important to consider what you can do to improve the drainage so that your garden can be a success. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:
1. Create a Gravel Channel/Dry River Bed
Rerouting water flow is one of the best ways to find a solution to drainage issues. Dig a deep channel (also possibly called a French drain by some) and fill it full of pebbles or crushed gravel. This allows you to create a beautiful piece of scenery while also ensuring the water drains well from your garden. It will slowly take the water away, without over-doing it and causing your plants to wilt and die. Just make sure that it flows downhill or the water will simply continue to build, causing more problems. For a larger piece of property, you may want to consider a dry river bed.
2. Use Buried Plastic Pipes
You can also head to your local hardware store and purchase perforated plastic pipes to bury into the ground (as little or as much as you want) and allow the water to be transferred from the garden to wherever you would like. For some homeowners, this can be an expensive option and requires some extensive labor.
3. Improve the Garden Soil
Another way you can help with drainage issues is by breaking up the soil and adding a lot of compost and organic matter into the existing soil. This is because heavily compacted soil has no air pockets. A garden with high amounts of organic matter absorbs the amount of water needed and allows the rest to properly drain. This is done by the creation of more air space within the soil.
4. Consider Using Raised Garden Beds
Instead of having a garden in the ground, you may want to consider using raised beds. This is actually becoming very popular. It allows you to control the soil in the garden bed, which helps you ensure that your plants are always happy. Since you control the soil in the bed, you are able to avert the drainage problem entirely.
Inadequate drainage in your garden will cause issues for most of your plants as well as the structure of any dwellings nearby, if the standing water is severe enough. If you can't find a solution to your problem, or you simply want an inspection for the area and to talk to an expert in person, consult with a landscape design professional in your area and schedule a time to meet.
To learn more, contact a company like Cottonwood Landscapes LLC.