The Q&A Archives: Wet Back Yard

Question: My backyard is lower then my neighbors and stays wet for weeks after a rain, what can I do to make my backyard a nice retreat, instead of a swamp?

Answer: I think installing curtain drains around the perimeter of your property can help redirect the excess moisture. Until that time you can plant some soggy soil tolerant plants. You may need to experiment a bit to find which perennials do the best for you, before going whole hog and making extensive plantings of any one thing. However some which tolerate fairly damp situations would include Japanese Iris, Yellow Flag Iris, Hibiscus moscheutos (rose mallow), Joe Pye Weed, lobelia, monarda, lady's mantle and some of the ornamental grasses. Occasionally you will also find that Black-Eyed Susan, Siberian Iris, daylilies (hemerocallis), astilbe, forget-me-nots and assorted hosta will also thrive in a damp spot. Good luck with your plantings!

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