'Improving' a Naturally Wet Area??
We have a house in Western MA that sits in a wooded hollow, 75% of the property is in part shade. At the back of the house we have an area which has always been described as a "vernal pool". During the spring thaw and again during the fall rains we have a shallow (1 - 2ft) "pond" which slowly flows towards another "pond" like area before travelling on to a nearby lake. For the entire summer the ground in this area is what I would describe as "damp", there is no standing water but the ground never really dries out
There are tree's EVERYWHERE so I don't think I have a "bog" but I am curious to know how this area would be classified??
I would really like to "develop" this area a little as at the moment it is really over grown and weedy, however there are a number of native plants that I obviously don't want to disturb. The area is surrounded by Ferns, Wild Asters, Jewelweed and Goldenrod, not to mention the tree's (both deciduous & evergreen). I'm sure there must be others that I haven't noticed!
Where should I start?? Are there any good websites or books you guys could recommend??