If your current planting targets involve plants that require good water drainage, I am sure that you know how annoying it is to have a lawn that just won’t collaborate. Some plants can handle the extra water that comes about from being in a place that doesn’t drain properly. In fact, it may just lead them to blossom more lushly. But other plants do not cope as well, and it’ll make them die a gruesome, bloated death. You should always find out about the drainage required for every plant you buy, and make sure that it won’t conflict with any of the areas you are considering planting it in.
In order to analyze how much water your designated area of soil will keep, dig a hole approximately ten inches deep. Fill it with water, and come back in a day when all the water had disappeared. Fill up it again. If the 2nd hole full of water is not gone in 10 hours, then your soil has a low saturation point. This means that when water soaks into it, it will stick around for quite a very long time before dissipating. This is unacceptable for virtually any plant, and you will get to do something to remedy it should you want your plants to survive.
The usual way of improving drainage in your lawn is to create a raised bed. This involves creating a border for a little bed, and adding enough soil and compost to it to raise it above the rest of the yard by at least 5 inches. You’ll be amazed at how much your water drainage will be improved by this small modification. If you’re planning to build a raised bed, your potential area is on grass or on dirt. For each of these circumstances, you should build it slightly differently.
If you want to begin a garden that is raised in a non-grassy area, you won’t have a lot of trouble. Just find some type of border to retain the dirt you’ll be adding. After you have created the wall, then you have to put in the proper amount soil and steer manure. Based on how long you plan to wait before planting, you might want to adjust the ratio to allow for any deteriorating that might occur.
If you’re trying to set up a raised bed where sod already exists, you will have a slightly more challenging time. This may sound simple, however you’ll need something with a very sharp edge to slice the edges of the sod and get under it. Once you have turned it all upside down, it’s best to add a layer of straw to dissuade the grass from growing back up. After the layer of straw, simply add all of the soil and steer manure that a normal garden would need.
You will have a slightly more difficult time if you’re trying to install a raised bed where sod already exists. It’s essentially the same process as your standard planting session. Just make certain the roots don’t scope too far into the original ground level. The whole purpose of creating the raised bed is to keep the roots out of the dirt which saturates easily. Having long roots that stretch that far completely destroys the point.
Once you have plants in your new bed, you’ll notice the extra soil facilitates better root development. Evaporation is prevented and decomposition are discouraged at the same time. All these things added together makes for an ideal atmosphere for just about any plant to grow in. So, don’t feel intimidated by the idea of adjusting the very topography of your yard. It is a simple process as I’m sure you’ve realized, and the long term results are worth every bit of work.