Rain rain go away (for now)

Cameron the Handyman on the jobWith only weeks left of summer, I’m wondering where summer disappeared to. Hasn’t it been a wet one?

Thankfully, my job sees me working inside as well as outside. However, those outside jobs I have been doing bring to mind how important it is to get your drainage working well during wet periods like this summer.

The rain we’ve had has often been storm rain, falling heavily in a short space of time. Your gutters and down pipes have probably been tested. The amount of water flowing off hard surfaces can cause quite a bit of damage if it can’t get away quickly enough or gets banked up at some point. This is when basic house and garden maintenance becomes critical.

At our place, we’ve been trying to find enough dry days (in between jobs) to renovate an outdoor entertaining area. However, we had a garden bed next to this space that flooded every time we had heavy rain, floating bark chip on to the verandah. It was important to get this fixed before laying any concrete or making other changes to the layout of the space. We cleared the garden bed, lay down some ag drainage pipe, packed it out with rubble, covered with geotextile fabric, then replaced the soil before planting out the bed again with drought-hardy, flood-tolerant native reeds.

Sounds like a bit of work, but worth it in the long run. I’m looking forward to enjoying this outdoor space…next summer! The Bureau of Meteorology forecast to the end of April isn’t showing a likelihood of big rain in early autumn, but I’m not sure we were quite expecting the amount of rain we’ve had so far. So, if you have some drainage issues at your place – gutters that need cleaning, down pipes that are blocked or a garden bed that needs some extra drainage, give me a call.

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