Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Lawrenceville, GA (Zone 7B)
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Question by mmromes
November 25, 2005
I have a grading problem in the middle of my back yard that is causing ponding to form after each rainfall. If I were to plant a tree in the location of my ponding problem, will it dry the rest of my yard?

Answer from NGA
November 25, 2005
While a large tree might use enough water to help drain the area I think a better approach would be to convert the site into a seasonal pond, with plants tolerant of wet soils, or to install some drainage to redirect the water. Trees that tolerate wet feet would require wet feet over most of the year meaning that you would have to keep the area flooded even when it doesn't rain. I'd install a seasonal pond, instead.

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