What to (native) plant for standing water areas in backyard

Asked February 18, 2019, 1:37 PM EST

Hi there, I bought a house last year with a 1/4 acre backyard that includes a slope, a beautiful old Japanese maple, a dead oak I had cut down, a live holly tree, and a bunch of creeping charlie. I'm in the process of learning about native landscaping. When it rains, the water pools like a swamp at the base of the slope. I'm wondering if I need to plant a tree again to help soak up the rain or if I should plant water-loving native plants. Including some photos. Any advise welcome! Thanks!

Prince George's County Maryland plant selection native stormwater management

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You are certainly not alone in dealing with stormwater issues and we are happy to hear you are interested in incorporating native plants. First of all, we encourage you to take a look at the Prince George's County Rain Check Rebate program. Rebates are offered to PG County residents to help with the installation of approved stormwater management practices, such as planting a canopy tree or installing a rain garden. Here is the website where you can find more information. https://cbtrust.org/grants/prince-georges-county-rain-check-rebate/

Many native perennial plants are deeply rooted and help to hold soil in place better than shallow-rooted turf and annual plants. One of the best publications available for making plant choices is "Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping." It is free to download here: http://www.nativeplantcenter.net/resources/. This website is the online equivalent and you can search for plants by soil conditions, amount of sunlight, type of plant, etc. Look for plants suitable to the Piedmont region. http://www.nativeplantcenter.net/

Once you've made your choices, the Maryland Native Plant Society is a good resource for finding native plant sales and sources: https://mdflora.org/gardening

Finally, here is a list of resources for dealing with drainage problems in general. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/stormwater-management