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Tips for Efficient Garden Drainage

Heavy rainfall can bring problems to homes, not least the waterlogging of gardens. Many gardens do not benefit from the highest quality drainage systems like you might find on football pitches, so discovering puddles of water on your lawn is a common occurrence for many homeowners.

If your grass is subjected to heavy rainfall, the turf can suffer from root rot if the excess water is not removed quickly. There is also the risk of damage to trees and plants, from root rot and also lack of oxygen from being submerged in water for too long. If there is a high moss content in your garden, the damage from heavy rainfall may not be as severe as moss can never take on too much water.

If your lawn sits close to the walls of your home, then the risk is multiplied as the water can seep into the walls themselves. This can weaken the foundations of the building, as well as cracking the walls and bringing mould into the home.


There are a number of ways that you can prevent and deal with water that collects on your lawn, helping you to avoid the risk of severe damage to your garden. From gadgets to manual labour, there are steps to take to help improve the health of your lawn:


Fitting outlets to your drainage system allows the water to be transported to the street, rather than sitting on your lawn. A pop up emitter, which is essentially a plastic basin that connects to a drain pipe, fills up with water and then lets the water flow out when it is filled. When placed correctly, such as next to a driveway, the basin can greatly reduce the amount of water in your garden.


There are two types of ditches that can be used to aid drainage in gardens: simple ditches and French ditches. Simple ditches are around 3ft deep with sloping sides at the lower end of the ditch – this will assist in the collection of excess surface water.

French ditches are used when open ditches aren’t suitable for the garden. These kinds of ditches are filled with coarse gravel and topped with permeable membranes, upturned turf and topsoil to prevent soil mixing with the gravel itself and affecting the drainage.

While it is incredibly difficult to be fully prepared for heavy rainfall, by taking steps such as the ones listed above, you can help reduce the risk of your lawn and shrubbery becoming heavily damaged as a result of waterlogging.

Here at Jet Rod, we are proud to offer the highest quality drainage services to customers throughout Macclesfield. From drainage repairs to surveys, our team are highly skilled and will work hard to ensure your drainage system is working as well as possible. For more information, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help you.

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