Waterlogging can affect different parts of a garden and can be extremely damaging. Waterlogging occurs when large rainwater puddles form on lawns or gravel driveways, or in vegetable patches and plant beds, and drains away too slowly. Extended periods of saturated ground can cause irreversible plant damage, so it’s best to address waterlogging and improve garden drainage as soon as you’re aware of the issue.
Tackling waterlogging on grass
Waterlogging on lawns is more common on compacted and clay soils as water naturally drains more slowly. If you’re faced with a waterlogged lawn, it’s important to avoid walking on it as that will cause further compaction and make the current (and future) problem worse. Wait until some water evaporates, then use boards to walk on the grass. Spike it with a garden fork, creating large and deep holes throughout the lawn to help the water drain. This technique will also help avoid waterlogging in the future.
If a lawn is particularly prone to waterlogging, it could be worth installing a drainage solution, for example a land drain or French drain,as it is also known. This sort of drain is formed using a perforated pipe in a trench, surrounded by pea shingle and lined with a geotextile fabric, such as Draintex non-woven membrane.
Tackling waterlogging on gravel
Large puddles on gravel driveways are unsightly and impractical. When laying a gravel driveway, it’s crucial to lay it properly to avoid future waterlogging problems. One solution is to install Gravelrings plastic porous paving modules. Laid over a suitable stone sub-base before being filled with loose aggregate or gravel, Gravelrings has an open mesh base, which enables the flow through of silts and other fines but prevents loose aggregate working its way under the panel.
Tackling waterlogging in plant beds
Waterlogging is really bad news for plants, because they become starved of oxygen. If you’re working in an area that’s prone to flooding, raised beds can be a good solution as they drain and warm faster. But wherever you’re planting, a permeable weed control fabric, such as Landtex professional landscape fabric, can help drain excess water away from plants and help keep them healthy. Use the Geo Fabric Product Selector to identify the best geotextile fabric for your application.
Watch our ‘How to install Gravelrings’ video for step-by-step advice on getting the best results from this gravel retention system. Or take a look at our ‘How to install Landtex’ video to see how easy it is to incorporate Landtex landscape fabric into a planting scheme.