Downhill Landscape Design
I am in Florida and my yard goes downhill. During rainy season(about two months a year), there tends to be water build-up. Trees (needed for shade)shed seeds that grow thousands of little trees and roots are out of control. Just cannot figure out a design that works. With the downhill property, and pool, there is a privacy issue. Can you give me any advice at all?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Sounds like you've got three problems--drainage, tree suckers and privacy. As to drainage, I always recommend that you at least consult with a professional landscaper. You could make some big mistakes on your own that will cost you more in the long run. That said, you could put in a  rain garden where the water pools. A rain garden is simpl a shallow basin set a little below the ground level and filled with water-loving plants to catch the runoff. For the tree problem, I know that suckers from roots can be a problem--about all you can do is cut them off at ground level on a regular basis. In addition, I would put in some ground cover to give the tree roots protection and give the suckers a little competition. For privacy plantings, a combination of trees and shrubs is best. Go to for a list of things that grow well in your area.

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