Rainy weather can present challenges for your garden. Utilizing your garden soil along with other drainage tools can help you prepare your garden for our often wet and wild Brisbane summer. Here are some ways to make sure your plants are prepared for the season ahead:
Improve Your Soil to Help it Absorb Water
Whether you’re a veteran gardener or new to the practice, improving your soil can make a big difference in how well it absorbs water. Soil should be soft and crumbly, with plenty of organic matter added during the growing season. In addition to compost and manure, many gardening experts recommend adding compost.
Techniques to Improve Drainage
There are several other techniques that can be used if your soil is especially sandy or clay-like:
• Aeration – digging deep holes in the garden bed every year will help break up compacted layers below ground level. This will promote better drainage and aeration while allowing more oxygen into the soil for healthy root growth above ground level.
• Mulching – using straw or wood chips at least 3 inches thick will help keep moisture levels consistent throughout each week; this helps prevent dry spots that could lead roots toward them instead of down into deeper soil where they’ll find more nutrients.
• Rototilling – this process involves working with a rotary tiller machine (also known as a power rake). This breaks up large clumps of dirt throughout your entire garden plot. This ensures there’s less chance any one area will retain too much water while another gets baked dry by heat from above-ground sources nearby.
Add Organic Matter and Drainage Sand to Improve Drainage
If your gardens tend to get soggy, you’ll need to improve the drainage before the wet weather hits. This is especially important if your garden is clay-based soil which is quite common here in the Redlands. This soil likes to retain nutrients and water, which can lead to drainage issues.
To improve drainage, you can add organic matter and sand to your garden soil. The amount of each will depend on how much soil you’re working with, but a general rule of thumb is that you should add one part of organic matter for every 2 parts of sand.
To add the organic matter and sand:
• Mix them together in a wheelbarrow or similar container. Add water until the mixture is soupy and easy to spread. You don’t want it too runny or too thick—it should be about as thick as pancake batter. You could also use a trowel to spread it if you don’t have access to a wheelbarrow or shovels. Ensure that whatever tool you’re using gets evenly coated in the mixture so there aren’t any bare spots where weeds could grow later on!
• Spread this mixture over all exposed soil in your garden—the more surface area covered by this slurry, the better!
Use Raised Beds to Improve Drainage
By using raised beds to improve drainage, you can also improve soil health. Raised beds are a great way to keep your garden tidy and looking great.
A raised garden bed is an excellent way to deter flooding from your garden, especially in low-lying areas. Create raised beds filled with good-draining materials such as stones, bricks or even old pallets if you have any lying around that are not being used or broken down enough not to be useful anymore!
The materials used to create raised beds vary widely — they can be made from timber, concrete or stone. If you want a more natural look in your backyard, consider using stone or brick as the base for your raised bed.
We hope that you’ve found our tips helpful and can apply them to your own garden. If you’re looking for more advice or garden supplies, contact us today.