Much of the UK has experienced heavy rain recently, with some parts of the country suffering from extreme flooding due to the sheer amount of water that’s fallen in recent weeks.
While you can’t do much about extreme weather events like this, there are some small steps you can take around your home to prevent your garden from becoming waterlogged in the wet, winter months. Which is where a rain garden can come in.
Country Living shared the concept, and the reasoning behind it, in a recent article. The basic idea behind rain gardens involves planting rain-tolerant plants that can help to absorb some of the excess water.
The concept was tested by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, which found that using carefully selected plants in a special mix of soil, gravel, compost and sand could help to absorb excess water and prevent nearby paths from flooding.
If you have a front garden with a driveway that often fills up with water after heavy rain, this is the ideal place to replicate the garden created in Edinburgh.
Among the plants that are considered rain-tolerant are goatsbeard, granny’s bonnet, giant rhubarb and leopard plants, the news provider explained.
You might also find that some sensitive landscaping in Lancashire can prevent your garden from becoming too waterlogged in the winter.
If you’re looking for some small gardening jobs to do this weekend, iNews made some recommendations, including trying your hand at cloud pruning on box, privet, pine and yew hedges to get them ready for spring growth.