How to Rescue Your Waterlogged Garden

Do you live in an area that has consistently rainy weather? Is your garden located in the lowest part of your yard? If you have these issues, then you probably have to deal with the issue of waterlogged plants on a regular basis. According to the BBC, if your garden is left too long, waterlogged plans will literally drown and experience a host of other problems ranging from disease to mold.

If your garden is waterlogged, use these tips to help drain the water and prevent this annoyance from happening in the future.


With the right steps, you can prevent much waterlogging from occurring, regardless of the weather. If you want to see a dryer garden that is better for your existing plants, try implementing some of the following tips into your gardening routine:

• Do not walk on wet soil. This will compact the soil and encourage waterlogging.

• Dig up any waterlogged plants. Remove any rotted or damaged roots. Replant the plants in free-draining, fresh compost and soil.

• Place your garden in the highest area of your yard. If you do not have a high spot, the experts at recommend installing drainpipes around the edges of the garden to encourage the water to move away from the plants This will help prevent any low spots from holding water.

• Use lime-free sand to improve draining and spike your garden with a motorized aerator on a regular basis.

• When planting, apply mulch over plant roots. Feed your plants with fertilizer during the growing season to encourage the spread of root growth.

• Water during dry spells. Plants are more likely to see drought stress after they are water logged.

• Use organic matter, such as compost, grit, and rocks to improve the drainage of the soil.

• Build raised beds and use well-drained topsoil to fill the beds.

• Consider using a drainage system. Dig some ditches around the garden filled with gravel. You can use this in combination with the pipe drainage system outlined above.

Dealing with a wet garden

If you cannot get your garden dry using the above methods, the best thing do to is to embrace the moisture and change the layout and scheme of your garden. Certain plants love the water and take much longer to become waterlogged than others.

If your plants are constantly dying due to too much moisture, consider adjusting to the conditions and planting water-loving plants in the future (swamp plants, weeping willow trees, and others thrive in wet conditions). You can also make a bog garden filled with irises, primulas, gunnera, rodgersia, and similar water-loving plants. Local wildlife love bog plants.

It doesn’t take much to improve the look and feel of any wet garden. With the above tips, you will find that the water doesn’t bother you or your garden as much as it did before. Just like with anything, if you approach your waterlogged garden with thought and care, you will easily be able to improve it.

This article is a guest contribution by Georgia Webster. Georgia is a freelance writer and blogger with a passion for home improvement and design.

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