Wordless Wednesday: What Happens When an Inch of Rain Falls on Saturated Clay Turf


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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15 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: What Happens When an Inch of Rain Falls on Saturated Clay Turf

  1. Cathy says:

    I just hope your ground isn’t frozen as it would take even longer to drain then.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Cathy. We have had freezing weather for weeks, but it warms up most every day. The water will eventually drain in. You can be sure that you will be reading here about the awful dry weather we are going to have in August. Can we ever be satisfied?

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  2. Julie says:

    That looks annoying, how do you deal with it?


  3. Cathy says:

    John – take heart! We all do (us gardeners that is) bad things to carpets! I hope for your sake when it puddles like that it drains away reasonably quickly.


  4. Ooh a bit soggy, eh? I think we’re in for a bit of that come spring, once all this snow melts. Here in the North , it’s what everyone refers to as ” mud season”. Of course clay doesn’t help, does it?
    Hope sunshine and warmer weather dries things up a bit for you.


  5. Chloris says:

    Oh dear, my daughter has the same problem every winter. But eventually it disappears.


  6. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Chloris. Sometimes it’s just hard to be patient.


  7. Sheesh. Well, that’s my yard looks like if it rains before the ground has thawed. Afterward the drainage is not bad. Thanks for this reminder to be grateful for good drainage.


  8. dunelight says:

    Clay. I can’t imagine. My gardens now are on sand dunes. I am endlessly amending.


    • johnvic8 says:

      We have to do the same thing with clay…amending, amending, amending. Why do all the neat plants in the catalogs and magazines say they need “moist, well-drained soil?”


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