Dealing With a Waterlogged Garden

Does your garden turn into a pile of mush with puddles of standing water after it rains? It’s next-to-impossible to grow plants in these conditions, as the excess water will restrict the absorption of oxygen while promoting mold and diseases like root rot.

Some people immediately throw in the towel and stop gardening at the first signs of waterlog. However, most cases of waterlogged gardens can be treated with a little work. So if you’re struggling to overcome a severely washed out, waterlogged garden, keep reading to learn some simple techniques that will drastically improve the performance of your soil.

What Causes a Waterlogged Garden?

Waterlogged gardens care caused by water resting on the surface of the soil. In a healthy garden, the water drains rapidly through the soil where it’s dispersed, and subsequently absorbed by plants and root structures. Waterlogged gardens differ, however, in the sense that a significant portion of the water remains on the top layer of soil rather than draining through.

Waterlog is a problem that’s more common in clay soil due to its composition. Clay soil is hard and well-compacted, restricting the normal flow of water. Of course, any type of soil can suffer from this problem, so don’t assume that your garden is safe just because it doesn’t contain soil.

How To Treat and Prevent Waterlog

The first step in treating a waterlogged garden is to aerate the soil. Nine out of ten times, the greatest contributing factor to this problem is a lack of aeration. If the soil is too dense, the water won’t be able to pass through it; thus, it builds up on the top layer to create pools of standing water. Run over you garden with lawn aerator to dig small holes that help the water flow more naturally.

Applying Calcium Sulfate to your garden’s soil may also improve its condition. You can find this stuff available at most plant nurseries as well as some home improvement stores. A 50 lb. bag should cover about 1,000 square feet. Just sprinkle it out like you would fertilizer and let it sit for a couple of days.

Weeds, overgrowth, and debris can increase the risk of a waterlogged garden. If you haven’t done so already, go through your garden and clean out any debris such as this. Keeping your garden clean and tidy is essential to preventing waterlog.