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How to Create a Rain-Friendly Garden

In today’s world, where so many green and outdoor spaces are being built upon and paved over, more and more of us are finding that we’re having to manage flooding and excess water in our gardens. Therefore, when designing a garden, it’s really important to bear rainwater in mind if your outdoor space is liable to flooding and drainage problems.

What can you do if your garden is liable to flooding? There are several ways that you can manage the problem to ensure that your garden isn’t spoilt by excess water. 

Plant for your Conditions

A good landscape design company will choose plants according to the conditions in your garden. Depending on the severity of the problem in your garden, you may well be able to work with the excess water and choose plants that enjoy the wetter conditions. For example, some species of hydrangea thrive in wetter soil, as do fuchsia and geraniums. 

Use Artificial Grass

If you’re sick of your lawn being boggy and unusable, then it might be worth investing in artificial grass. An artificial lawn can be used whatever the weather, and doesn’t get muddy either, which makes it a good choice for rain-prone spaces. 

However, make sure that you choose a good quality artificial lawn, which allows for drainage. This will ensure that you do not make the flooding problem worse. Good quality artificial grass will allow water to drain away, just as a real lawn does, but without the mud and waterlogging problems. 

Create a Specific Rain Garden

One way of dealing with the problem of excess rainwater is to create a specific area to channel it. The idea behind a rain garden is to create a depression within your garden which will filter rainwater runoff and receive water from roof drainage and other hard surfaces.

This depression or channel can often be designed as a dry riverbed, with rocks and pebbles, and planted with plants which can tolerate being waterlogged for up to 48 hours. This will help to channel water away from other areas of the garden, and give the rainwater a specific area to inhabit. Rain gardens are also excellent if you want to encourage birds, bees, butterflies and frogs! 

Use your Excess Water

Of course, if you can’t beat it, join it! Use your excess water by collecting it in rain barrels. Don’t forget that it’s not just your house downpipes that will funnel excess rainwater, but also any outbuildings, including the likes of sheds and greenhouses. 

By collecting any extra water within your garden, you’ll have a ready-to-go watering system for the opposite extreme to rainy days, drought weather. You’ll not only be doing your bit for the environment this way, but also saving money if you’re on a water meter! 

If you’re struggling with excess water in your garden, the best thing you can do is consult a professional landscape design company. They will be able to design your garden to make the most of the water conditions. If you need to plant and design your garden to manage excess water, contact D&G Garden World today. We’ll make sure that rain doesn’t spoil play.