I am in the process of purchasing a house with a fairly decent sized garden (for us anyway) cica 25L/mtrs long by 8 L/mtrs in width. I am told by other people that we know in the road and by our new neighbours that that during the winter months, gardens in the road can become waterlogged. I can only assume without currently living there that there is a particularly high water table, or some thick clay soil which is difficult to drain. Could anybody provide any advice on how to tackle this? I understand there are difference options in terms of drainage solutions but picking the right one seems to be a minefield. I know this is vague but any help would be great! Thanks!
Consider using raised beds to make the best use of the space if there are water table issues. Even if the issue is related to clay soil compaction vs. water table, your raised beds will gradually rehabilitate the soil over years and water infiltration will improve.
What I did to get my garden able to be flooded, and plants not even get into the water line was:
- dig trenches about a foot down next to the raised plants in the garden
- fill with wood chips, and organic matter
- let excess water run off the garden elsewhere
Your trenches will hold the water your garden needs, and let all of the excess run off.