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Definition of bog

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Definition as written by Aimee:

A swampy or moist area.

Definition as written by Terry:

A soggy area in your yard can be transformed into a bog garden, and there are many beautiful perennials that like having their feet wet most of the time, such as astilbe, chelone, lobelia, etc.

In fact, a bog garden is often recommended over a pond for such a spot - while it may seem logical to place a pond where water naturally gathers, it can cause problems when water seeps under the pond's liner, and may cause heaving and shifting in the winter.

If you don't have a low spot in your landscape, you can create a bog garden by digging out the area you wish to use, down to a depth of 18" or so. You can use a children's swimming pool with a few holes in the bottom, or create a free-form shape and line it with pond lining, again with some holes for slow drainage.

The idea is to create an area where the water simply drains more slowly than the surrounding area - not to be water-tight.

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