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Improving Drainage in the Garden

If your garden is a bit boggy or it’s holding water for some reason, then you’ll need to do some basic structural landscaping to help the water away.

Fortunately, we’ve got a great choice of materials to help you don the job and we’re on hand for some friendly advice too. Here are some options for improving drainage in a garden.

Dig aggregate stone into your beds

Sounds simple, this, and it’s the most elementary of our suggestions.

Claggy, sticky soil with a high clay content all around the garden can easily help retain water. So breaking it up and digging in some gravel or stone aggregate will break up the soil density and increase its permeability. Which will allow the water to drain more easily.

If your problem isn’t too bad, then try this option first.

Install a soakaway

Simply put this involves digging a fairly large hole (normally 4ft-6ft deep at least) at a low point in the garden and filling it with stone. Grade the stone using the larger ones at the bottom and then gradually reducing in size nearer the top.

You can then either leave the top of it exposed as a feature stone area or cover it. Water will naturally gravitate to the lowest point. The idea is for the retained water to have somewhere to go and in effect lowers the water table level of your garden away from the surface. If the problem isn’t too severe this will normally do the trick.

Install tiers into your landscaping

This is built into your garden design and considers carefully the requirement to carry water away from the main areas. It can look fantastic and if it’s done well your visitors will never know it was designed with drainage in mind.

You can even add discreet surface level drainage from our RainDrain range.

Installing a land drain

Normally a last resort as this would involve the most amount of work. But it’s a permanent solution to the problem and once you’ve landscaped over it, you’d never know it was there. Just make sure it carries away to somewhere that won’t get blocked like a permanent drain.

Get in touch and we’ll talk you through the materials list you’ll need.

Forwards are the professional’s choice

Forward stocks a large range of materials for immediate delivery and if you see something you like which we don’t stock, we can probably get it. We serve many builders, landscape contractors and local authorities in the Ellesmere Port, Chester, Warrington and Liverpool areas but we also deliver nationwide.

This also means if you are embarking on a DIY project, you’ll be using the same high-quality materials trusted by the pros. Check out the full range and for any assistance of quantities or advice just call the Forward team on 033 00 55 2500

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