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Flooded Garden

Discussion in 'Garden Projects and DIY' started by David Cook, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. David Cook

    David Cook Apprentice Gardener

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    Before the summer a patch of our garden was always flooded whenever it rained, we aerated it but still flooded. Over the summer it dried out so we thought about digging it up and putting decorative stones down to break up so much grass.

    However with the amount of rain this week so far that is also flooded now and water is above the stones.

    Before laying to stones, the ground was firm, we ran over it with an aerator and then put weed control down and stones on top.

    Any ideas on what I can do to stop it flooding, my next option might be to take all the stones and put drainage pipe down to take water away when raining.

    Thanks
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum, it's difficult to say what the problem could be but I would suggest when it's possible to investigate further dig a hole at the deepest point if you can a foot square or more and a foot or two deep to give you an idea of the soil structure or other potential problems, at the very least it might help with drainage.
     
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    Is your garden lower than the surrounding land/gardens?

    A photo might help us see the lay of the land, and hopefully some ideas might come forth to help you.
     
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      Hi David, instead of fighting it why not work with it. If you separate the area off ( perhaps with bricks or with the stones you've laid over the area ) why not make a bog garden or plant it up with plants that will take the moisture away.
       
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      • David Cook

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        Before we started we dug down 30cm and it was all firm and didn't seem to be any problems, the stones are down to max depth of 15cm.
        I have a slight incline at the rear of the garden some 35ft away from the back door, that is covered under trees, rest of the garden is level. The problem area is about 10ft from the back door.

        If this wasn't so close to the house (within 10ft) then I might have done this, it was done to stop the dog from ripping the grass up at back of garden as there is a fence just after the stones. Having a border collie who is active doesn't help the grass so it was separated to help it and stones put down.
         
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        You might have a blocked land drain hence tthe flooding when it rains. Or it may be a spring. Weve got 2 in our lawn. When it rains the springs flow with water from the big hills above the village.
         
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          Or it could be a soakaway receivingvsurface water drainage that's inadequate or silted up.

          Drive a steel rod down to check if there's and hardcore/granular material fill under the ground, but not so hard it might damage a drain pipe.
           
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