Landscaping In A Wet Climate? Follow These Tips

by Diane Barnes

Producing an attractive residential landscape design in a wet climate can be a challenge. Many plants can't tolerate permanently wet soil, because of a condition known as "wet feet." Knowing how to choose plants that can handle the wet soil and how to reduce the amount of water in the soil can help you design a beautiful residential landscape.

Garden with Native Plants

You almost can't go wrong by gardening with native plants, because you know they'll be suited to your climate regardless of how wet it happens to be. When choosing native plants, be sure to pick plants native to your region in the state. Many people who decide to garden with native plants make the mistake of assuming that all plants native to their state are equally prepared to grow on their property. Many states are large enough to have different climates in different regions. When picking a native plant for your property, be sure to choose plants that are native to your region of the state, and adapted to the particular light conditions on your property (sunny, shady, etc).

Plant Water-Loving Trees

Some trees are known to be water-loving, meaning that they'll drink a lot of water in your soil. On properties with excess water, these trees can actually make your soil more palatable for plants that need better drainage and dryer soil. When looking for a water-loving tree, try a willow, river birch or a red maple.

Amend Your Soil with Compost

Compost helps improve drainage on your soil, so your soil won't become water logged. This is especially helpful on properties with clay soil, because clay tends to drain very slowly. You don't have to amend your entire yard with compost--that can get very expensive--but you may choose to amend the soil in parts of the yard where you'll be planting plants that require dryer soil.

Trim Back Trees to Let in Sunlight

Shade can make landscaping your property even more difficult, because shade can make it take longer for water to evaporate from your soil. Trimming back your trees and shrubs to let in more sunlight will help make the soil and property more hospitable to a wider range of plants.

Following these tips will help you plant flowers, shrubs and trees on a property in a wet climate. The tips above will also help you make your property more suitable to a wider range of plants. For more information about landscaping in a wet climate, speak with a professional landscape artist.