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water-logged ground

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 12:08

Unfortunately this a problem faced by most. As happymarion said you won't be able to cure the problem in a day, and please don't resort to a soakaway too drastically. It may just need some tlc.

If you look for general lawn care articles these should help. By regularly coreing and piercing your lawn, followed by brushing in some sand or topsoil, you should gradually improve drainage. A secondary problem you may be facing is that; if others around you, like in my situation, have built up paving etc leaving their ground level slightly higher than yours then you will contually suffer from their inconsiderate run-off.

If you can then try and pick a sunnier coner away from any potential problem areas that should help, if you can't match the two up, you may need to consider raised beds expensive as they may be.

Although like everything else where there's a will there's a way, and things are only neccessarily as expensive as you make them.

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 11:30

Hi All, jumping quickly back to conifer's.

 I'm not sure what it is, but they seem to be finding new impitus amongst gardeners these days.

I have developed a simple scheme in my front garden for them. I wanted to make an impact but keep it simple to allow me to focus my energy on my rear garden.

In thier wisdom my house builders decided to grace my garden with 4 circular manholes! Although to be far they do sit an a nice pattern either side of the main structure to my house on slightly in front of the other. I have used this as my inspiration and invested in four large pots, which I have filled with four conifers, 2 in a lime green and 2 in the more traditional dark green shade. I intend to train the lime green ones in a globe with the dark green ones in a more natural cone shape. I have complemented these with some heathers in large window boxes and have matched the shades as best as possible, again my intention is to match these with the conifers in shape, but in 2 sets of three as follows  oAo oAo. These are my intentions but I will let you know ow things pan out. Hope this principle is of use to someone. Sorry no pictures at present as I bought quite young plants and they don't represent the shapes I have discussed quite yet.

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