|It had frozen over at this point but you can clearly see the water collecting|
I have been working the past month on a new plan for this very bed. I rush planted most of the perennials in late summer and had intended to move most of them come spring. I had just put the finishing touches on this new planting scheme and I was quite proud of myself when the rain began. Now looking at the pools of water I'm realizing a new plan will need to be put in place.
My first thought was I should try and fill that low spot in. I had considered this when building the bed but I ran out of compost and decided to leave it was it was. I should have realized what that would mean. Now I'm wondering how much it would cost to bring in a load of soil and try and even this out. The thing is I don't know enough about drainage and water movement to really understand how best to fix this. I suspect that even if I add soil to this area the water won't necessarily disappear. I would need to raise the level of the entire bed, which is substantial, and then the water will simply run into the grass around it. I had intended to put a walkway in this area as well so allowing water to run off into the grass isn't ideal either. In fact, as I look around the yard I see a number of low spots in our yard that are accumulating water. Our clay soil doesn't drain easily so this is an issue I believe will continue to crop up.
Another solution is to just work with it. It will mean changing my planting scheme since some of the plants won't be able to handle wet feet but I think it's a possibility.
|The worst flooding is in the centre of the bed but you can see pools of water in other low spots.|
Has anyone else had this problem? What solution would you use in this situation?