Our back fence is flush to the back waters of the Minnehaha creek. The flood...

Asked May 24, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT

Our back fence is flush to the back waters of the Minnehaha creek. The flood of two years ago killed all my raspberries and vegetables. What bushes/plants can I plant that are water tolerant like River Birch but are bushes/plants/perennials, like dogwood. My fence is 50 yards . Without planting something, the marsh foliage will creep into my yard....it has passed under our wood fence into about four feet joining thousands of crabgrass glumps.

Hennepin County Minnesota wetland plants erosion

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Hi,
There are many plants you can use to control the soil erosion and add interest to your garden. Depending on your light conditions and desired design there is a great list in the U of MN publication Best Plants for 30 Touch Sites (link below). And here is another link that may be helpful. Controlling your marsh foliage from creeping, not sure if this is cattails or misc grasses, will be something you may have to integrate or tolerate but the natives with strong root systems will help keep them back. But some plants, like cattails, may need to be kept in check in certain years.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/best-plants-for-tough-sites/docs/08464-c...

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/native-plants-for-sustainable-landscapes...