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i am getting my garden designed and there a part of it thats always water logged can anybody help me as what to do

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  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,155

    bog garden .and  a pond ????

  • rae2rae2 Posts: 2

    hi  its just a strip but its enough that i could put flowers in but every time it rains it get logged,  also we have sqirrels and the hide there nuts  every were i have 2 raised beds which im going to plant flowers and veg in them so how can i deter them from bury there food

    rae2

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Hello rae2

    Do you know why the soil is always waterlogged? Do you have very clay soil or is there a spring in your garden? What is growing in it just now? Does it smell OK? It might sound like a funny thing to ask but we once found an ancient cess pit in a garden of ours.

    Any more info you have would help.image

  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,155

    put a raised bed in then . squirrels its just nature . some people on here would love to see one . we have lots thanks heaton pk

     

     

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,054

    Simple answer is  - you probably can't I'm afraid! You can put chicken wire over the area but of course that makes it hard to put plants in so it would only work if you intend to sow seed which you could do through the mesh. Aternatively you could make a 'cage' type cover with mesh to prevent them getting in to start with - mainly during the late Autumn when they start building up a store - which you can lift off when you want to plant.

    Re the waterlogged bit -you could build another raised bed there and put some good drainage at the bottom of it before putting your topsoil/compost in. A piece of membrane or similar over the rubble/gravel  will stop all the soil getting washed through.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Margaret7Margaret7 Posts: 26

    plant Gunerras, there are lots of different ones around, also ligularia, they will love a boggy bottom (pardon the pun)image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,054
    Margaret7 wrote (see)

    plant Gunerras, there are lots of different ones around, also ligularia, they will love a boggy bottom (pardon the pun)image

    image

    Flag Irises are great as well if you just want to plant it up. We had a spring in last house - in the garden I mean! - which fed the ponds and we had loads of them there and also where the ponds gradually fed back out into the field and road etc. Marsh marigolds will be happy too and there are lots of rushes and other pond/bog plants you could get quite easily which will colonise the area -  we had loads of ferns . Beware of watermint though unless you put it in a container- it's just as invasive as all the other members of it's family!

    The Irises and Marigolds are practically evergreen too - they start into growth early in the year and last well into Autumn. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Plant a willow tree near by to absorb the moisture

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Or some coloured stemmed cornus, they won't be such a b... nuisance in the future as a willow

  • FarmergeddunFarmergeddun Posts: 229
    ramsey dog wrote (see)

    Plant a willow tree near by to absorb the moisture

    Then use a weedkiller from Agrigem to kill it off?

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