Damp Soil Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Marlton, NJ
Question by tmazak
November 28, 1999
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 from NGA
November 28, 1999


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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