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Flood-Proofing Your Garden the Low-Impact Way

The recent floods across the UK have been the worst recorded in history, with January seeing 175mm of rainfall in the South East and central Southern England. The result of the worsening weather is that many people have been forced to leave their homes, and many homes and gardens have suffered great devastation. With the climate in the UK becoming progressively more chaotic, knowing how to protect your garden against the floods is essential, as it’s the first line of defence against flood water entering your home. Here’s how you can flood-proof your garden with very little environmental impact.

Thick, Effective Hedges

If you live in a property that is surrounded by garden, you don’t necessarily need to resort to turning your home into a fort – protected by high, heavy walls and a mess of sandbags. Instead, you can turn to a natural, green solution to protect you: hedges. Hedge rows have protected the boundaries of our farmland for time immemorial, and there’s a reason: they’re great at protecting the crops enclosed from harsh winds and flood weather, so perhaps you should start growing your hedges, too.

Sustainably Sourced Fences and Trellis

Trellis is a great solution to forming a wind barrier around your home because the holes in the wood facilitate flexibility, in other words, it will allow some of the wind through so that the trellis doesn’t snap. Unfortunately, it won’t be as helpful against flood water, so a sustainably sourced, strong wooden fencing might be a better, more well-rounded solution. Online retailers like Buy Fencing Direct offer sustainable wooden fencing of this nature, and you can specify precisely what you need before you order.

Wonderful High Stone Walls

Natural stone walls like the ones you see in the northern countryside make a great addition to any garden for a number of reasons, one being that they’re a perfect natural barrier against flood weather. On top of that, though, they also make for a great habitat for the local wildlife, and they look aesthetically pleasing, too. With a rustic looking stone wall surrounding your garden, it’s a sure thing that your property will stand out against your neighbours’. A stone wall isn’t the most cost-effective solution on offer if you have yours made bespoke, but if you can source the materials yourself, building a small dry stone wall could make for an excellent summer project.

Ultimately, if you’ve been affected by flood weather and want to ensure you’re protecting your property in the most effective, low impact way, using one of the above methods would be a good place to start.  

 

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