What do I do about waterlogging?

Do you have issues with waterlogging?

In a period of heavy rainfall does any area of your garden become saturated with water.

Are plants and grass areas surrounded by a pool of water that does not disperse into the ground.

A dense soil can cause this problem. It can also lead to fungal diseases on your plants and reduce oxygen to roots. Walking on effected areas can also cause more damage by compacting soil even further.

There are some solutions to these problems caused by waterlogging. Depending on the level of waterlogging your experiencing you may need one or a few of these solutions.


  • Aeration

Adding air to the soil regularly with an aerator or garden fork helps create air pockets within the soil and help to reduce compaction. Rainfall has these areas to fill when it rains.

  • Dig a ditch.

Does your garden have a slope? At its lowest point you could dig a ditch to allow water to run into this area. It creates an area that is unused and therefore not be damaged by the extra water. The excess water should run down to this new ditch and alleviate the pooling from further up the slope.

  • Collect rainwater.

Why not collect a portion of the rainwater to feed your garden? Water butts on drainpipes can easily collect water before it hits the ground. Not only reducing the amount pooling in the garden but saving you time and Monday watering your plants in the future.


Tanks available at spudulica.co.uk

  • Remove topsoil

If your topsoil is thick and has a high clay content it might be an idea to remove this and replace with a less clay topsoil.

  • Add Grit

Add grit to soil layers to help create pockets of air within the soil helping with drainage when the heavy rain comes.

  • French Drain

A French drain is a heavy-duty solution for a very waterlogged area. Allowing water away from properties and stopping pooling waterlogged areas. A French drain is a trench lined in geotextile and filled with aggregate e.g.Stones sited near the edge of the area that needs draining. Providing a full-length area for water to go to.

  • Create Permeable Areas e.g. paths/patios

Think about installing permeable area within your garden to increase the area that can absorb water. Using permeable paving, slate or pebbles can provide a great finish and a permeable solution for paths and patios.



Permeable paving solutions from Spudulica

  • Create raised beds

Why not raise up an area off the ground filled with new topsoil. Create a new area within the garden that will not be affected by water pooling on the ground level. It will also provide a space that is absorbing some of the rainfall and slowing it down before reaching the ground.


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