August 7, 1998

Trees and Shrubs for Wet Soils


Many trees and shrubs thrive in Iowa's fertile, well-drained soils. Most trees and shrubs, however, don't like wet soils. Fortunately, there are plants that tolerate wet soils better than others. The following trees and shrubs are good choices for wet sites.

Trees

Summer Patch of Turfgrasses


Summer patch has been showing up on Iowa lawns for the last 2-3 weeks. This disease is one of the most damaging problems of turfgrasses and sometimes one of the most frustrating to control. The main host plants are Kentucky bluegrass - the main component of almost all Iowa lawns - and fine-leaved fescues, which are often found in "shade-adapted" grass seed mixes.

Trees and Shrubs for Wet Soils


Many trees and shrubs thrive in Iowa's fertile, well-drained soils. Most trees and shrubs, however, don't like wet soils. Fortunately, there are plants that tolerate wet soils better than others. The following trees and shrubs are good choices for wet sites.

Trees