Posted: 10/03/2013 at 13:17
Planting to reduce soil water content / reduce holard?
What shall i plant
I've taken on some voluntary gardening on a 5m by 15m back garden for another building which is a converted east facing terraced town house
There's an empty basement flat which used to be the caretakers flat below the main building which has quite a lot of damp ingress.They are saving to get it tanked properly but can't really afford to heat the place. In the meantime the major cause of the damp the leaky guttering and downpipe is under repair and I'll have a look at the drains once there is some fine weather
Behind the flat, for a few metres the 5m x15m garden slopes up from basement to ground level with flowerbeds at each side of the slope. Behind that there is s a 3m x 5m lawn in very poor condition.due to poor light and an abundance of leaves, behind that some flowerbeds in poor condition and at the very back some mature trees. There are borders running the full length of the garden at ground floor level
I think the holard / water content of the ground is contributing to the damp problem.
Anything I could plant in the borders and flower beds which would use up water from the soil
I was going to reseed the lawn once I can enlist some help to set out and level. Is there a grass mix which is hardwearing, takes up a lot of soil moisture, is tolerant of shade in an already dire Aberdeen climate yet is reasonable decorative? Would A4 A6, A19 be suitable?
The garden is going to have to be worked anyway. Thought it would be a good opportunity to plant stuff that will reduce the holard of the ground and it's potential contibutory effect on the basement flat damp while I'm at it.
The soil is good, low clay content.