All plants need water to survive, but too much of it can cause problems. If there are places in the garden where the soil remains soggy after rain few plants will cope unless they are aquatics or bog plants. The type of soil in a garden will determine how well water drains away, but there are ways to improve both soil texture and drainage as Lauren Dunec Hoang explains in her article which I found on the Houzz website.
Water brings life to gardens, but when rainfall causes puddles to linger on lawns, pool on pathways or seep into basements, it can be too much of a good thing. Whether you live in a year-round wet climate or the rainy season throws into light the drainage issues of your plot, chances are your garden could benefit from some water redirection. Here are seven solutions for increasing water absorption and putting excess runoff to use in your landscape.Before PhotoHow to tell if you have a drainage problem. A flooded front walkway is a pretty clear indication your landscape isn?t draining successfully, but other drainage issues can be more difficult to spot. In these instances it can be useful to hire a professional.
If water is puddling and draining especially slowly in your garden after moderate rainfall or typical irrigation, when you know the soil cannot be completely sodden, then your soil may not be absorbing water efficiently. Compacted soils and soils with a higher portion of clay drain more slowly than soils with more silt or loam.
Not sure which type of soil you have? Do a soil test yourself.