The Q&A Archives: Damp Soil Plants

Question: I have a very damp area of the yard. This area does not drain well and tends to hold water after a hard rain. Below the top soil is a thick layer of clay and marl. The soil does dry out after a few days. What plants, trees, bushes, etc. could I plant there that can take this extra moist soil and live. The area is in grass now.

Answer: While there are plants that might grow there such as red maple, river birch, shrub dogwoods and so on, I would first verify that the area is not intended as a temporary catch basin for excess surface water. If this is the case, it is functioning correctly and you would be wise to consult with a professional landscape architect or other drainage expert before disturbing the area.

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