Excess water in yard - Knowledgebase Question

Dayton, OH (Zone 5B)
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Question by karensamurp
April 26, 2007
We live in an area that has slopes and so water collects in several areas of our yard. Is putting in a swail a good idea. What are other options...such as plants/trees ect..that will suck up the water?


Answer from NGA
April 26, 2007
Here are some shrubs to consider for an area that is moist (but not standing water): deciduous holly (Ilex verticillata), inkberry holly (Ilex glabra), shrub dogwoods (Cornus sericea), Itea, and Virginia Sweetspire (Clethra). Unfortunately, while these shrubs do prefer a moist soil, I would not rely on them to solve a drainage problem by sucking up the water. Drain tiles or a swail might be a more permanent solution.

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