1. Landscape help. Front yard ^.^

chriswanderer90(7)March 5, 2013


I live 20mi NW of Philly (zone 7?).

I have a front yard that is greatly recessed and it collects a lot of rainwater, but it flows out into some tunnel.

Does anyone have any creative landscaping ideas? I'm trying to do native gardening as Sara Stein calls it.

I was thinking about putting a pond there so that frogs could breed.. But I don't know how much I'd have to dig..


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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

The first thing you need to do is to check with your local Soil & Water Management to see if they would let you put a pond there. The second thing to check is your local code to see how deep an unfenced pond can be.


    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 7:44PM
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Thanks Tj, that was very helpful.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 7:52PM
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I agree with tsugajunkie. In my opinion, I would scrap the pond idea in that area. if it is consistently wet that may get into a lot of 'what ifs", like water under the liner (if you built it that way), runoff laced with pesticides, existing underground piping & what not. What you could do, if you want to keep it natural looking & if it's consistently wet/damp, is plant some cattails, water iris, rushes & reed grasses. The frogs don't need much water to breed in. I've seen the in puddles during the wet spring season.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 12:01PM
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Maybe the pond idea is too much.. My dog poops and pees all over the lawn, and I don't know what that will do to the run-off basin...

Nearby, there is another runoff basin with a ton of cattails.. I guess that's what the local water authority does.. And there are a ton of frogs there in breeding season, and then they seem to jump into the sewer to hibernate..

Are cattails native to PA?

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 5:06PM
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They are in all the wetlands. Native? Not sure but they have been around forever. they are native now, :)

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 12:34AM
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rbrady(5/Eastern Ia)

How about a Rain Garden if it stays consistently moist or you could just put a flower bed in that area with natives that can handle seasonal flooding. I would be wary of planting cattails-they can be "vigorous".


    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 1:06PM
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xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska(5)

How about Cardinal Flower? I hear they like wet feet and would have color.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 8:33PM
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rsingley(z6a NJ)

Cardinal flower will draw hummingbirds for sure and they can tolerate not being wet all the time as well.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 7:29AM
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momliz(7a VA)

definitely a Rain Garden which could be beautiful, a haven for birds, butterflies and pollinators of all sorts, and will help the Chesapeake Bay. Check these out:



    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 10:20AM
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