View Full Version : wetlands/sometimes dry - what to do?

04-02-2005, 11:36 PM
At a loss for what to plant. Have about a one acre "wetlands"
area at rear or property. It's not protected. It's more like a runoff
area for part of the subdivision.

It's typically under 1-3 feet of water from November'ish through
anywhere from March - May. Sometimes it's just boggy; other times,
it's under water.

After April - May, it drys up and those pesky woody stalk weeds
pop up and grow to about 6-7 feet tall.

Two years ago, I managed to get the weeds cut down using my McLane
21" - just brute forced the mower through the weeds and then went back
over them from another direction. Next spring (2004), the weeds are

Last year, 2004, got tractor out with the 48" tiller and once the ground
got dry enough, went tilling. Stinkin' metal rod ffence posts! Caught
two pieces of the posts in the tiller...what a PITA to clear. It was wedged
in the top of the tiller like someone had welded it there.

The dirt there is absolutely! great - black as tar; kinda stinky from
the decaying plant mass. Doesn't clump together - to me, it's primo

Kinda long winded...so, I have NO idea of what to plant there.
I need something that can survive underwater and/or boggy
conditions from Oct/Nov thru Apr/May. Then, it's the typical central
Indiana summer - hardly any rain until late fall.

I don't want something that grows much taller than 6-8 inches. Plus,
I'd prefer not to have to mow...I don't get paid for cutting my own place.

Not to sound limp-of-wrists, but some wild flowers, wetland grasses, stuff
with color would look great. But, I have the feeling that once the rainy
season starts and the wetlands become wet and covered under water,
the stuff dies.

I've talked to two different "landscapers"...ask two people for ideas;
you get two totally different responses.

Well, back to the game...Michigan State is getting their jocks yanked
by the good 'ol boys from UNC. I'm from NC; my daughter graduated
from Michigan State....ah hell! Go Boiler Makers!!!! Oh yeah, they
didn't make it....


04-03-2005, 07:05 AM
Here is a link to wetland grasses
Here is another idea

amazon has plenty of books on this topic