Ideas for ground cover.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mulchmaster, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. mulchmaster

    mulchmaster LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 212

    We cleaned out a bank around a retention pond for a customer. THe bank was over grown with weeds, willows and sycamore. We cut everything back and now the homeowner wants somthing to be planted along the waters edge up 4' or 5', so they never have this problem again.

    They said they read RED SEDUM was perfect for the prolbem, but everything I've read says it needs well-drained soil. The soil along the pond is clay and stone, very poor soil.

    What do you guys recomend? Full sun in Zone 5.

    Thanks ANDREW
  2. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    maybe some junipers ???
  3. mulchmaster

    mulchmaster LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 212

    I forgot to mention the bank is like 300' long and they don't want to break the bank, or should I say spend a bunch of money. :laugh:

    I don't know of anything that would do the job. They want me to "just plant it and let it take over", so we don't have to worry about trimming this back anymore, but that will take forever.

  4. caterpillarcat

    caterpillarcat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    junipers are pretty much plant and forget but i dont think they'd look very good next to a pond, but does that matter?
  5. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    Wet Area Trees :
    Abies b. phanerolepis (Canaan Fir)
    Acer rubrum (Red Swamp Maple)
    Amelancheir (Shadblow)
    Betula nigra (River Birch)
    Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura)
    Cryptomeria j. (Japanese Cedar)
    Liquidambar s. (Sweet Gum)
    Magnolia virginiana (Sweet Bay)
    Metasequoia g. (Dawm Redwood)
    Nyssa sylvatica (Tupelo/Black Gum)
    Quercus palustris (Pin Oak)
    Salix (Willow)
    Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress)
    Thuja o. nigra (Arborvitae)
    Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar)
    Iris ensata
    Iris siberica
    Iris vericolor
    Lobelia cardinalis
    Aronia arbutifolia (Chokeberry)
    Azalea viscosum (Swamp Azela)
    Calycanthus (Sweetshrub)
    Chionanthus virginicus (Fringe Tree)
    Clethra alnifoloa (Summer Sweet)
    Cornus s. (Red Twig Dogwood)
    Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood)
    Ilex Glabra (Inkberry)
    Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
    Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire)
    Lindera benzoin (Spice Bush)
    Myrica (Bayberry)
    Salix (Willow)
    Vassinium (Blueberry)
    Viburnum dentatum (Arrowhead)
    V. trilobum (Amer. Cranberry Bush)
    V. opulus (Euro. Cranberry Bush)

    This is a list from one of my suppliers for wet areas, hope this helps ya.

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