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If you have a poorly drained area on your property or one that gets frequent runoff during storms, you may notice that some landscape plants won’t survive long there. Plants and trees all need water to survive, but a lot of them prefer to get it slowly and have soil that is well-drained. Excessive moisture for specific varieties will cause discoloration, defoliation, root rot, and plant death.
If you have an area with slow or poor drainage, rest assured that there are many varieties of plants and trees you could use in your landscape design that grow well in wet areas. There may also be other solutions, such as adjusting the grade to re-route the water or to help the water drain better, building a burm, etc.
How do you tell if a spot is wetter than normal? If it isn’t obvious, test soil drainage with a bucket/hose method.
- Dig a hole…
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