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44. Gardening and Water – Conditions You Can Change
Are you starting a new garden in your lawn area? Maybe you are going to try and spruce up an existing garden? This is the perfect opportunity to make changes to help your garden and the soil to deal with water problems. There are a few thoughts and ideas here that will help you deal with some water situations in your own garden areas. Keep in mind that these are not the only garden changes you can make to help plants thrive, but hopefully they will spark enough for your to be able to deal with your water needs
If you are using a garden that actually drains too much, add some mulch or peat moss to the soil. You can best do this in the spring when you are getting ready to plant. Turning over the soil and adding mulch or peat moss will help your soil hold water.
When you are planting a new garden or working on an existing garden you can install woven weed barriers in certain dry areas of your garden. Even if you are not having a problem with weeds, the weed barrier with a little mulch or rocks added on top for looks, will keep the ground below cool and moist.
So what about when the soil is too wet?
If you are finding the soil in your garden is just too wet, you should consider raising the garden bed. Raising the plant bed up with a few inches of dirt will increase the drainage ability of your garden to stabilize your soil.
Maybe you have a low level area in the garden that the water just sits in, fill it in with some quality topsoil to even out the area. When the entire garden area is more level, the water will be able to drain better.
If you have a garden area that just is turning swampy or that is forever just to wet, you can install a drain system around the garden. Using similar methods that you would use around the home, a drain system should be your last resort as this could be an expensive option.
One final idea when you have an area that just won’t drain for you is to create a miniature pond or a bog garden. This is a simple layout involving water in your garden.
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