How to Improve Your Garden Drainage


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If you live in an area of the country with a lot of rain, or you’re noticing that you have too much standing water in your gardens during the wet season, you may have a drainage issue. Poor soil, layers of clay or not enough grading can all cause your gardens to hold on to too much water.

Water is the life source of all plants, but too much water can quickly turn your beautiful plants and vegetables into a rotting mess.

When accumulated water has nowhere to go after a hard rain it can damage your plants and your home as well. The water has to go somewhere and the last place you want water is in your home’s basement. If you get flooded you can call the experts such as the professionals at ASAP Restoration to help you clean up, but that’s not a permanent solution. The best plan is to divert the water through planned drainage and piping to route it to a safe area. To add proper drainage to your garden just follow these easy steps.


Get out your shovel and dig a trench around the edges of your garden beds. You may not need a full circumvented area, but the lowest edges must be dug out. Your trench should be approximately 8-12 inches in depth.


You will need a few bags of stone or crushed gravelfor this project. Gravel creates an easy barrier for water to travel through and move away from your garden beds. Spread a few inches of gravel on the bottom of your trench and lay it out evenly. Only use about half of your gravel for the bottom.

Place Pipe

Lay your PVC perforated pipe that you can pick up at any home or garden center in the trenches. The holes should be facing down. Connect the joints and seal them. Wrap the pipe in roofing paperto insulate and protect it from damage.

Fill Trench

Once your perforated pipe is laid and properly connected you can use rest of your gravel to fill in the trench. Place some of the dirt from the trenches on the top layer and cover with sod and make it level with ground line.


When planning your gardendrainage you will have to pick the right spot to divert your excess water. A low spot away from your home where the water can naturally flow towards a drain is the best choice. Cover your drain field with any remaining gravel and rocks to prevent pooling and clogs.


An outdoor garden can be a joy for any homeowner but it takes a lot of work and maintenance to get it just right. If you are noticing that you have standing or pooling water during the wet season or after a hard rain, you need to inspect your drainage and make a plan to move the water to a safe area.


Writers Credit: Kelly Reed

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