bronblue

How much topsoil to mound damp area for planting evergreens

bronblue
8 months ago

We have 5+ acres of yard and pasture surrounded by woods, which is pretty much the view from our deck, where we sit and enjoy a drink evenings when weather permits. The exception to this view is an unsightly cinderblock compost bin and misc. junk in our neighbor's yard. We would like to create a screen that would include at least a few evergreens - nothing taller than 10-15'. The problem is these plants will not do well in what is a wet area. To hide the area from different angles, we would ideally need about 40' of planting. Much of the yard is wet, so draining it would be a massive and expensive undertaking because there's just nowhere to send it. The local garden center suggested mounding, but I am having trouble finding info on how much topsoil to add. Is 18" enough? There is never standing water there, but it's wet and mushy enough you need to wear boots for some time after a good rain - which is often here in NE Ohio. We like several flowering shrubs that do well in wet areas and we'd plant those in front and around the evergreens, so the raised area would only need to accommodate the dwarf trees or taller shrubs that will provide at least some year-round screen. The first photo is a view of our yard with the bin out of camera shot to the left. Very little of what is seen is dry, other than the pasture and what is unseen to the right. The flags in the lovely compost bin shot are about 3' within our yard and where we'd like to plant. I'd appreciate any advice.




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