Woburn Wetland

A drainage channel runs through the back of this low-lying property, and the homeowners wanted something more than weeds to look at. With the soil characteristics of a wetland, and several overhanging walnut trees, the site was perfect for tough New England natives like monarda, turtlehead, lobelia, blue flag irises, red-osier dogwood, tall asters, and swamp milkweed. Removal of invasive purple loosestrife and poison ivy was necessary, but we did not fertilize or dig up this possibly sensitive area. These plants should colonize naturally and form a flourishing community over the years, with minimal maintenance.

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