I was wondering if someone could offer any advice on the best solutio
for the problem described below.
The problem is that my lawn is degenerating in a muddy swamp. I liv
in Warrington and it never snows and never freezes, but it alway
rains, so in the past, when everyone else has been building snowmen
we've been getting trench foot.
My problem is particularly acute as there is a small stream or broo
running along the bottom of the garden. As across most of Cheshire
the soil is mostly clay, so drainage is a foreign concept to us. Ove
the last few years it was a regular thing to have the bottom of th
garden awash with 3 feet of water after a few weeks of heavy rainfall
Two years ago a I tried to fix the problem permanently by diggin
drainage ditches filled with gravel running to a pipe which emptie
back into the brook. I then covered the entire lawn area with thre
tonnes of sand and sprinkled grass seed over it. A combination o
continuous rain since then (the brief heat wave killed some of it off
and my three dogs, means that only patches of rather pathetic gras
have returned and while the garden doesn't flood anymore (success!) i
remains a muddy pit for most of the time.
I'm now considering alternatives. I don't care about having a lawn.
It's more hassle than it's worth and I don't do that kind of gardenin
anyway. I'm more interested in growing tomatoes and I grow those i
pots on the patio, which is nearly 2 metres above the level of th
lawn. I'm happy to grow bushes, shrubs, small trees etc. on and aroun
the lawn area instead.
My current idea is to fill up with another few tonnes of sand and la
some kind of bark mulch over the top in a thick layer. This way th
top surface will hopefully remain dry and the dogs can run abou
without coming back inside with feet caked in wet mud!
I'd be very grateful for any comments or alternative ideas.