Drainage: installing

Good drainage is crucial for growing many garden plants. Installing drainage is a major undertaking, but on wet soils, it is one of the most helpful things a gardener can do to improve growing conditions.

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Puddling water on soil surfaces indicates a drainage problem. Image: RHS

Quick facts

Suitable for: Any wet, poorly drained garden, where there is somewhere for surplus water to go
Timing: Late summer to early winter
Difficulty: Difficult

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