10 handy tips to improve drainage

BOG GARDEN: This Rodgersia and the ornamental rhubarb behind are dramatic and love wet feet.
BOG GARDEN: This Rodgersia and the ornamental rhubarb behind are dramatic and love wet feet.
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1. Work to improve drainage by aerating the soil and planting trees and shrubs on a raised mound.

2. Add as much compost as possible to increase drainage and water holding capacity.

3. Shrubs and fruit trees are particularly vulnerable during winter months, as they can’t put on new roots as quickly as perennials.

4. Make sure water courses are always left open.

5. When planning a patio, make it fall away from the house.

6. Create beds and borders close to the house to improve drainage.

7. Use green manure to improve soil structure.

8. Get rid of concrete drives and paths and use gravel instead, so that water can seep down to the water table naturally.

9.Don’t walk or drive over sodden soil – it becomes compacted and drainage gets worse.

10.Spike lawns with a motorised spiker and add lime-free sand.

2. Add as much compost as possible to increase drainage and water holding capacity.

3. Shrubs and fruit trees are particularly vulnerable during winter months, as they can’t put on new roots as quickly as perennials.

4. Make sure water courses are always left open.

5. When planning a patio, make it fall away from the house.

6. Create beds and borders close to the house to improve drainage.

7. Use green manure to improve soil structure.

8. Get rid of concrete drives and paths and use gravel instead, so that water can seep down to the water table naturally.

9.Don’t walk or drive over sodden soil – it becomes compacted and drainage gets worse.

10.Spike lawns with a motorised spiker and add lime-free sand.