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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:37 pm    Post subject: Trees to soak up some excess water Reply with quote

Razz Has anyone got any ideas what to grow in an area that can get waterloggedmaybe a tree that would soak up some excess water. Greatful for any help.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry i don't know anything that would like to grow in a waterlogged area but i hope someone else knows and tells you because i have some very wet areas in my new garden too and thats a question i would like answered also!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't expect any of these trees to act like a vacuum, sucking up excess water.
However, they will will cope much better than most with having their feet wet for a partial while.

Betula nigra (River Birch)
Its peeling bark can be grayish brown to reddish brown.
Looks well planted as a multi-stemmed specimen for a clumping effect.

Acer rubrum (Red Maple)
Good autumn colours of yellow, orange and red.
Dense clusters of small red flowers produced in late winter/early spring

Alnus glutinosa (Our native black Alder) Irish Alder info here.

Many the Salix (Willow) Irish willow info here.

See how you get on with them.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:00 pm    Post subject: Willows Reply with quote

I can see where you are coming from by planting willows. Last year I planted a weeping willow in the center of a large area of lawn but it does not seem to be happy, some '' moss'' is growing on the stem is this a bad sign am I about to lose it .
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not native but I read somewhere that some Eucalyptus (I think it was specifically Eucalyptus gunnii) are used to dry up wet areas in Auz/NZ.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

don't forget that in the winter, when the ground is most likely to be waterlogged, that the trees will be dormant and will be sucking up little water.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing If not a tree , what else would you sugest for this area.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunnera manicata, grows like hell and loves wet soil.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you say grows like hell what do you mean?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's herbaceous - dies back in the winter. i don't know if it's a relative of the rhubarb, but is quite similar, except it grows much bigger - a friend has one which was taller than i am last year - and is much tougher and scalier than rhubarb. likes the water.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I will give it a try this year.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joaney wrote:
When you say grows like hell what do you mean?


Just like what medieval knievel said. Expect a 3 metre heaght and a 4 metre spread in just over 5 years from this plant. It loves Boggy damp conditions and sports rubarb-like leaves with inoffensive prickly stems.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:24 pm    Post subject: re. Gunnera Reply with quote

Hi there,

Just thought I'd mention about Gunnera tinctoria (aka G. chilensis),
which is a nasty garden escapee.
It has become a serious problem in parts of the West, Achill island etc and also New Zealand.
It's size/shade prevents native species from growing near it and it appears to be very invasive.

Although ,as far as I know Gunnera manicata doesn't spread by seed so it may be ok. Does anyone know about this?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its not a tree but try marram grass
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

verge wrote:
Gunnera manicata, grows like hell and loves wet soil.



As regard the Gunnera please read this: http://www.botanicgardens.ie/gspc/targets/news/gunnera.htm

See: "(...) the differences between G.tinctoria and G.manicata are less obvious and in view of the fact that the former is highly invasive and the latter apparently not (as yet), it is important to distinguish between them."

Maybe it's better to avoid?
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