Garden Drainage and Some Problems

Choose the area on your property where you want to plant a garden and check your garden drain. One of the best ways to check for the drain is by digging a hole 2 feet deep or larger, and fill it with water from your garden hose. If after 24 hours water still remains in the hole, your garden drain is poor.

Poor garden drainage can be as simple as composted subsoil or hardpad, in which the soil particles have been cemented together by a collection of minerals. By using a deep cultivator to break up the subsoil and adding some compost or porous material should solve this problem. If you may not want to check another area of ​​your yard.

If the problem still exists you may want to try creating slopes and / or hills in your garden by simply adding more soil to the area. If your soil is very hard or has a large amount of clay content you can replace a few inches of the hard soil with a top quality topsoil. If after all this is, it is still not working, you will probably need to install a garden drain system.

There is also a possibility that your water table is too high, in which case you can plant shallow rated plants, elevate your garden or lower your water table. Your water table could only be inches from the surface or it can be hundreds of feet down. If you are in a low lying area you can dig trenches above your garden to divert the water or by installing a drain system. Always making sure that the excess water is draining away from any structures.

If the area that you tested for garden drainage is a relatively small area, you can still use the area by choosing plants that can tolerate plenty of moisture. Some areas of the South have swamp like conditions and you will find that some plants, such as a variety of iris, love the area to show off their beautiful vibrant colors.

When installing a garden drain system, make sure your pipes are at the right level and the direction of the water flow is away from your house or any other structure on your property. You do not want to cause any other problems such as structural damage to any of your buildings. If you are having a problem figuring out how to install a drain system you may want to consult a professional. A landscape designer or a lawn care service company may be a good place to start.