Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - April 28, 2012

From: Mansfield, OH
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Rain Gardens, Planting, Erosion Control, Privacy Screening
Title: Construction problems on site in Mansfield OH
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Last year we had a rectangular above ground pool put in the person who "leveled" for use did a terrible job and basically dug a huge hole for us to put our pool in. The back side of the pool is about 2 feet from a drop off that was dug into our yard and the aides have a good 4 feet. We plan to plant all around this and add ground cover that will grow along side the pool and up the 'drop off' walls. The landscape is terrible. I am looking for large very hardy easy maintenance plants that can withstand very damp soil (from being in a pit and beside the pool) the drainage is terrible. We are in Ohio zone 5- I thought about hostas as it seems nothing can kill them but wanted more options. I want low maintenance, quick spreading and hard to kill but somewhat pretty and not bee magnets. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much

ANSWER:

We are sorry, it sounds like you really had bad luck. Perhaps you can still get some sort of correction to the errors that were made; it's too bad you didn't catch them before the job was finished. This is frankly not a problem that plants can solve. We are having difficulty even envisioning the situation well enough to recommend some plants. We did, however, find a previous Mr. Smarty Plants answer on plants for a moist area in Ohio. If at all possible, it would help enormously if you could engage a landscape architect who could actually see the site, and make some recommendations for improving the situation. In the long run, that would probably be less expensive than for you to have people hundreds of miles away try to guess what would work where.

 

 

More Erosion Control Questions

Plants for erosion control along creek in South Carolina
October 26, 2010 - We have a creek that runs thru our property and it is eroding our rip rap. The creek runs head on into an embankment which is causing the worse issue. Is there anything we can plant to help stop the e...
view the full question and answer

Plants to stop creek bank erosion in North Carolina
June 26, 2009 - Hi: I live in NC where most of the dirt is clay based. I have a small creek behind my house that is eroding. The creek overflows when there is a heavy rain and as a result, gradual erosion. My g...
view the full question and answer

Ground cover for Connecticut sandy gravel bank
January 11, 2012 - What ground cover plant can I use on a sandy gravel bank behind my house?
view the full question and answer

Plants for erosion control in southern Maryland
September 03, 2009 - Would you recommend a plant that would act as erosion control for woodlands in Southern Maryland? The soil has a high clay content with a mature hardwoods population.The current erosion is significant...
view the full question and answer

Environmentally friendly native erosion control plants for arid hillside in Austin
July 15, 2006 - Hi, I'm moving into Agave, the new east side development in Austin. It's currently an arid hill with almost no trees and a steep (by gardening standards) hill. As a community, we'd love to...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.