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Beautiful Bogs: Building One in Your Backyard

Is part of your backyard waterlogged and always muddy because the water isn’t draining properly? Turn that minus into a plus and bring exotic beauties in your backyard by building a bog garden. A bog garden is a compact, wet space that can house a lot of Utah landscaping shrubs and plants. It adds a great accent to your yard. The constantly wet ground produces rich soil that makes growing exotics and wildflowers with relative ease. A bog garden can be placed right beside a pond, where it serve as a natural water filter for the pond.

Building your very own wetland

Now, if you don’t have a naturally-occurring bog, here’s what you can do:

–  Make a layout of your yard and identify where you want the bog garden to be placed. The bog garden should be placed in an area where there is lots of sun and where the ground is more or less level. The bog should not be where there are a number of large plants that may block the sun.

–  Use markers to identify the shape and perimeter of the bog garden. Dig a level basin on the area – the depth should be about 18 inches or more. Shallow basins may result in the bog garden drying out more quickly.

–  Take a water garden liner and poke a few holes in it. (Not too many since a bog needs water and too many holes will mean that not enough water is retained in the bog garden.) Line the area with a water garden liner and weigh this down with rocks and pea gravel.

–  Cover the liner with moist peat moss and sand (don’t use beach sand!). The proportions should ideally be 3 parts peat moss and 1 part soil, moistened thoroughly and layered on the liner at about an inch lower than the ground surrounding it. It is highly recommended that you provide an allowance with regards to the liner – leave a foot of extra liner so that you can easily make way for the possibility of the bog going lower into the basin.Cover the edges of the liner with Utah landscaping rocks, pebbles and pieces of wood. These can also serve as accents.

–  Add your chosen plants.

–  Fill the area with water. You may need to repeat this from time to time to ensure that your bog garden has the water it needs so that the soil does not dry out and your plants can thrive.

–  Maintain by weeding and using fertilizer regularly.

Choosing plants for your bog garden

Here are some water-loving plants you can add to your garden:

–  Venus Flytrap  and other carnivorous plants (to help get rid of mosquitos, flies and other insects)

–  Yellow candyroot

–  Red milkweed

–  Pine lily

–  Lady’s hatpin

–  Blazing star

–  Cardinal flower

–  St. John’s Wort

–  Bamboo

–  Periwinkle

–  Golden Rod

–  Powdered primrose

–  Queen Victoria

Avoid adding plants that grow aggressively such as cranberries.

Help from All States Landscaping

Bog gardens can be a great addition to your yard. However, if you are not sure if you can DIY, you can ask your Utah landscaping company to create this for you. All States Landscaping has extensive landscaping experience in design and execution of ponds and bogs, as well as other landscaping elements such as the building of Utah retaining walls and pavers.