28 Feb Wetland Equipment Specialists Give Gardening Advice
We all know that Louisiana is wetter than a lot of other states. In the spring and summer months, there may be spots in your yard that constantly stay soggy. Areas that stay wet for prolonged periods can be an issue and grass does not grow as well in poorly drained areas. If there is grass growing, it may even be hard to mow the ground if it stays wet and soft.
Many people that are avid gardeners have a hard time with the grounds of New Orleans. The common inclination is to change the area to make it easier to be successful with the plants that you want to grow there. By spreading fill or creating raised beds, for example, you can grow plants that need good drainage in a spot that tends to stay wet. However, this could be a hefty cost to achieve.
A lot of the stress that comes with gardening can be diminished by learning how to cooperate with natural conditions. Learning how to work with these conditions instead of altering them to suit your desires or the needs of plants not suited for those areas.
Rain gardens are the perfect types of gardens to start in Louisiana climates and utilize low damp areas. An excellent example of a rain garden can be found at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station. These gardens were installed to demonstrate that rain gardens are not just holes in the landscape but can be attractive and practical additions to a garden. This garden was designed to hold water and makes use of native plants adapted to wet conditions.
The design of this garden is to allow stormwater runoff from impervious areas like driveways and compacted lawn areas to soak into the ground rather than flow into drains and waterways. The greatest benefit of rain gardens is that they hold water on site and allow it to filter into the soil rather than running off into the street, minimizing street flooding.
To build a rain garden, identify a low area that stays wet for extended periods after a heavy rain. Afterwards, remove the sod and soil down about 6 to 8 inches to create a catch basin to hold the water.
Marsh Buggies knows how our ground differs from other states and that’s why we offer the best wetland equipment around. If you’re not in the market to buy, we offer rental and contracting solutions as well. Come see why Marsh Buggies is your destination for wetland equipment.