Creating A Gorgeous Garden

Creating A Gorgeous Garden

Ideas For Landscaping Wet Areas

by Tiffany Gonzales

Landscaping over a wet area in the yard can be challenging. Often, these areas are low-lying, so water tends to accumulate and lead to soggy soil conditions. Mud and moss undermine anything you try to plant in the spot. Fortunately, there are ways to work a wet, low area into your design so that it is both attractive and low maintenance. The following ideas can help.

Idea #1: Improve the drainage

Most wet spots occur because of a combination of factors – poor drainage, lower elevation than the surrounding area, and dense soil. Fortunately, you can fix all of these issues, using one or a combination of the following:

  • Install a drain tile beneath the soil. These perforated pipes allow water to leach in; it is then carried to the nearest storm drain.

  • Adjust the soil composition to improve drainage. Mixing in sand and compost with a heavy clay soil can help improve drainage.

  • Raise and level the area. Adding additional top soil to fill in the low spot so it's level with the surrounding yard may solve all water issues.

Once the wet has been resolved, you can grow grass over the area or turn it into a garden bed, depending on your preferences.

Idea #2: Create a "dry" creek

Embracing the fact that the area becomes soggy during wet weather can open you up to landscaping ideas beyond lawn grass. A dry creek bed isn't always dry, but it rarely, if ever, has actual flowing water in it. It's also the perfect solution for a low-lying soggy area.

The process is simple. Remove any grass or plants in the area and line it with landscaping fabric. The fabric allows water through but stops plant growth. Then, cover the fabric with rocks and gravel to create the creek or bed. Water still percolates through, but it no longer becomes a muddy mess.

Idea #3: Plant a rain garden

A rain garden filled with plants that thrive in wet soils may be just the thing. If you aren't sure what to grow, look at water garden plants. Those that grow in pond margins, which is the wet shoreline by the water, can also grow well in a wet garden area. Ferns, elephant ears, and swamp hibiscus are a few wonderful choices.

If you opt to plant a garden, keep in m ind weeds can still be an issue. Regular mulch doesn't work well, since it tends to decompose too quickly in the moisture. Instead, grow a water-loving ground cover such as an ornamental moss, or use gravel as a mulching material.

For more help, contact a landscaper, such as those at Vista Landscape and Maintenance, Inc.


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Creating A Gorgeous Garden

I have always been someone who absolutely adores being outside, which is probably one of the reasons I decided to buy a home with a large lot. However, as soon as I moved in, I realized that yard work was a lot more challenging than I had anticipated, which is why I called in a team of professional landscapers. They were amazing to work with and got right to it, and within a few days, the yard was looking amazing. I wanted to create a blog all about creating beautiful outdoors spaces so that other people can help to beautify the world.