A picture of a waterlogged garden after heavy rainfall.

A lot of homeowners get lazy during the winter and don’t see their garden lawn as having any kind of real maintenance to worry about. However, if you want to keep your lawn healthy and green, it is important to take action to prevent waterlogging. Compost can be applied and if water penetration is a problem, then you should consider increasing your drainage and irrigation – particularly in areas such as flowerbeds, borders and borders.

Here are some tips and considerations to help you prevent your garden from becoming waterlogged:

Do You Have A Soakaway Installed?

All residential and commercial properties have some form of rainwater collection pipe which carries the rainwater away from the property and into a drainage system to help prevent flooding.

If a property doesn’t have a drainage system, then a soakaway will need to be installed as Building Control won’t allow water to be discharged too close to the property. This is because it can cause subsidence or void areas under patios, conservatories, pathways, and driveways. That’s why soakaways are often installed 3 to 5 meters away from the property.

The purpose of a soakaway is to help slowly absorb the rainwater from your property and it does this by being connected to your rainwater pipes and taking the rainwater from your roof.

Here are some of the common problems that soakaways may experience:

  • Soakaways can become blocked overtime if not maintained correctly with silt and leaves and do not have a silt filter installed.
  • If soakaway have not been correctly installed far enough, away from the property in line with building regulations this could cause issues for the property foundations.
  • Soakaways isn’t draining correctly.

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Is There Clay Soil Around Your Property?

If you don’t have a soakaway installed, it’s important to check the type of soil you have around your property. If your property is surrounded by clay soil, then it makes it very difficult for water to pass through. This type of soil collects water and often makes soakaways very ineffective. In this situation, you will need to either install a land drainage or seek professional advice. 

With land drainage, your rainwater pipes will run to a drainage system which has one big chamber with 6 or 7 outlets to collect the rainwater. From these outlets, there will be long 100mm pipes that cover the full length of the lawn and each of these pipes have several perforations on the top to allow rainwater to flow through. The gathered rainwater will then go to a drainage discharge point which allows it to flow to the LWA for it to be carried to a reservoir.

Check If Your Soakaway Is Blocked

If your garden lawn is experiencing flooding or you’ve noticed that there is too much water, it could be a sign that your soakaway is blocked. If your garden has a soakaway and it hasn’t been inspected, cleaned or maintained in a long time, there may be a blockage present. You’ll normally find a build up of silt and leaves in soakaways as the rainwater can carry various objects into it.

To make sure that your soakaway doesn’t get blocked, it’s important to carry out periodic inspections on your soakaway. At Drain 247, we provide affordable maintenance plans and we can help keep your soakaway system running smoothly.

If your soakaway is blocked, Drain 247 can help. We carry out high-pressure jetting services to remove even the toughest of blockages. Whether it’s silt or leaves, our drainage team can help you get your soakaway back to full working conditions.

Cover the Lawn Before Winter Begins

In order to ensure that your garden lawn does not become waterlogged during winter it is important that you cover it before the weather gets cold and wet. This can be done by rolling up some plastic sheeting and laying it over the entire area of your garden lawn. This way not only will you protect the soil from being damaged by frost but also from being washed away by rain or snowfall.

It is also important that you make sure that there are no holes in this plastic sheeting otherwise water could seep through into your soil causing an issue for your plants.

Check Your Drains for Blockages

It is important that any blockages in your drains are removed before the ground freezes over completely. If this happens then any water that goes into the drain will freeze solid and you could end up with frozen pipes or even burst pipes during freezing temperatures!

You should remove any blockages by using a shovel or spade (if possible). If you do not have one available then borrow one from a neighbour who has already had theirs cleared out. If you’ve notice that there might be blockage that is deeper in the drains, get in touch with Drain 247 and we’ll help you unblock your drains.

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Water Your Lawn Less Often

If you have a large garden with several different sections that need watering, then it is important to water each area less often. This will help reduce the amount of water that falls on the surface of your lawn and helps prevent it from becoming soggy or waterlogged.

This is particularly important during winter when temperatures are very low and rainfall levels are high. Use a hose timer so that you only water during these times of day when there is little chance of rain or frost damage happening.

Aerate Your Garden Lawn

Aerating your garden lawn will help to improve the drainage and drainage of water into the soil. An aerator is a hand-held tool that has a small wheel on one end and teeth along its length, which will break up clods of soil in the soil and allow them to drain away more easily.

You can use an aerator periodically throughout the year, but it is particularly important during the winter when there is less rain falling on the ground.

Increase Drainage and Irrigation

If your garden lawn has become waterlogged then it will benefit from being irrigated during periods of heavy rainfall or melting snow so that excess water drains away from the root zone and prevents it from becoming too saturated with water, which could cause further damage to your lawn’s structure if left unchecked over time.

You should also increase your irrigation amounts as needed so that you are not wasting water unnecessarily by using too little or too much at any one time for best results.

Use Compost to Encourage New Grass Growth

If you want to encourage new grass growth in your garden lawn then compost should be used on a regular basis throughout the growing season. This will help to keep the soil moist but not soggy which means that it is unlikely that your lawn will suffer from waterlogging problems during dry times when rainfall is low.

Compost can also be used to mulch around plants such as roses and other shrubs in order to improve their appearance and prevent them from being damaged by frost.

Lawns that are waterlogged are prone to many problems, including:

Lawns are beautiful, but they can also be an annoyance. If you have a wet lawn, it’s time to take action. Lawns that are waterlogged can be hard on your body and even harder on your wallet.

Toxicity: Waterlogged soil is full of bacteria and fungi that can be toxic for both humans and pets.

Health Concerns: Waterlogged soil can make you sick if you come in contact with it without protection.

Pests: When there’s too much moisture in the soil, pests will flourish. They love a moist environment, so having a lawn that’s too wet makes for perfect conditions for them.

Wet spots: Water collects in low spots and then overflows onto surrounding areas. These areas can be very difficult to mow or even walk on because of the mud and water that is left behind after each time you mow or walk through them. This is especially true when it rains hard and the grass gets heavy with rainwater.

Drought-stressed soil: Drought stress occurs when there is not enough moisture available for plant growth in your lawn. It can occur during times of drought or when the weather is too cold for long periods of time during winter months. Drought stress can lead to brown patches in your lawn, which will make it look unsightly and unkempt if left untreated.

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Bottom Line

Preventing a garden lawn from becoming waterlogged is very important. By following the steps outlined above, you can be sure that your garden lawns will remain healthy through the winter months and into spring, and beyond.

If you require a soakaway to be installed at your property or you need an expert to inspect and clean your soakaway, Drain 247 is here to help. Get in touch with us today.