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This Earth Week, create a backyard wetland to replace the important natural functions of wetlands that may have been lost when your community was developed. It will also temporarily store, filter, and clean runoff water from your roof and lawn. Select any level area for digging.
Tools and supplies you will need
Sheet plastic, hoes, shovels, gloves, soil, peat moss, perforated pipe, upright pipe, round stones, wetland plants (see below)
Steps for constructing your backyard wetland
Benefits of a backyard wetland
Types of plants best-suited for marsh environments
Cattails, bulrushes, jewelweed, cardinal flowers, duckweeds, arrowhead, spatterdock, grasses, and herbaceous plants Some bog plants to consider: pitcher plants, sundews, bladderworts, and sphagnum mosses.