How to Drain Wet Flower Beds

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Waterlogged soil can drown and kill your plants. When water fills the air spaces in the soil, this keeps oxygen from getting to the plant roots, produces stagnant soil and stunts root growth. If your plants are wilted with yellow leaves and the soil has standing water on it, the flower bed is not well-drained. Various techniques can be applied to properly drain your flower bed and get plants looking beautiful and healthy again.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Coarse sand
  • Bricks
  • Aerate machine
  • Lime-free sand
  • Mulch
  • Dig up waterlogged plants and replant in well-drained soil. Remove any dead or dying stems. Pick a new spot to replant that is on raised and even ground.

  • Build a raised flower bed with topsoil and place bricks along the edges. Use a mixture of one part compost and one part coarse sand to ensure proper drainage.

  • Install a drainage system. Dig ditches that are six inches wide and as long as the flower bed to encourage water to flow to them. Fill the ditch with gravel.

  • Use a motorized spiker machine to poke holes in the lawn and aerate it. Apply lime-free sand to the soil to help improve drainage.

  • Apply mulch near the base of the plants to help keep water away from the roots.

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