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I have an area on the east side of my house that gets only morning to noon sun…

Sara Asked

I have an area on the east side of my house that gets only morning to noon sun, but has so much water because of my sump pump drainage line. What trees or shrubs should I plant that will soak up most of that water and still thrive without full sun?

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The Gardener’s Answer

Planting in a space where moisture is consistent has its challenges, but certain plants can handle more moisture than others. Does this area have standing water for longer than a day? If so, you may consider redirecting the discharge pipe from your sump pump to another area.

If the area does drain, but remains moist, you can help improve the drainage by incorporating gravel or expanded slate (permatil) to the existing soil.

Having your underground utility lines marked by professionals is always a good idea before digging. In the Louisville area, you can call 811 to have this done.

Overhead lines and other space limitations should be taken into consideration when choosing any planting. Whatever you choose, it should be allowed to grow to its mature size. Having your soil tested is also a good idea before planting. This can be done at your Cooperative Extension Service. The Jefferson County offices are located at 810 Barret Avenue, or you can contact them at (502) 569-2344. For a list of potential planting options, click here.  This is a list of ornamentals that will tolerate “wet feet.” A combination planting of perennials, grasses, and a large or small tree, depending on the space you are dealing with, may be something to consider. For a list of hardy plants recommended for moist soil areas in Louisville, click here.

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