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Waterlogged Field Garden

Repairing your garden after it has been ‘flooded’ or ‘waterlogged’

The weather is being a little unpredictable at the moment.  We will have days and days of glorious sunshine. Just before the equivalent of a month of rain falls in just a few hours. This can be a nightmare for your garden. But, by staying on top of this as and when it happens, you can save your garden from damages. It also prepares it for any heavy rainfall in the future.

Drain your soil and try not to walk on it:

When your soil becomes waterlogged it will become ‘squelchy’ (technical term use).  If you walk, or drive, over the soil not only will you end up covered in mud. You will also do more damage than good in terms of drainage. The water will fail to drain away, turning the garden into a swamp where Shrek would reside.

The best way of treating compacted soil is by pricking, splitting and spiking the garden with a fork. If you have a small, domestic garden. Machine if you have a larger garden. The holes in your garden should be between one- six inch holes (this is easier if you have a ‘spiking tool’) and then filled with sand or compost etc.

Protect the plants:

Your plants will be stressed if your garden is waterlogged because, although they like being watered, they don’t like being drowned! The soil has too much water in to allow your plant roots to release any excess water or carbon dioxide and will start to wilt. Unfortunately, if your plants are in the ground rather than in containers, there is not much you can do but you need to be observant for any signs of stress. If they are in containers, and you can’t get them somewhere sheltered like a Greenhouse or Potting Shed, take them indoors and let the plants sit and drain on newspaper overnight. In the morning, make sure the roots have dried off before repotting them in new soil.

Love your lawn:

Although you may panic when you initially see a waterlogged garden, remember that most lawns can survive complete submersion for up to four days (obviously this is dependent on a range of factors). If your garden has become waterlogged, you need to make sure you clear away any debris that may have accumulated (stones, branches etc). Your lawn should recover fully within a matter of weeks but, if not, you may need to look at establishing a new lawn either from seed or turf.

To frequently maintain your garden to a high standard takes a lot of work and, when it becomes waterlogged, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Follow this simple guide to save your garden.

August 24, 2015

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