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Solving Drainage Problems on Your Lifestyle Block

It might seem odd to talk about the problem of too much water when a large part of the country has been in drought for months but the two aren’t necessarily incompatible. Bad drainage is often a soil issue (and sometimes a topography issue), so even the driest, most drought-afflicted paddocks can still turn into bogs after rain.

If your land doesn’t drain well, you probably have a high water table and/or a heavy, clay-based soil. Clay particles are extremely small and very fine. There’s not much air between them, so there’s very little available space for water to penetrate.  That’s why clay soils take a long time to drain. The up-side is that these soils retain moisture longer in dry months.

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