"Government studies have shown that up to 70% of pollution in aquifers, rivers. lakes and coastal areas is carried there by storm-water runoff." Shaw Nature Reserve Native Landscaping Manual
A few of the benefits of retention area plantings are improved water quality, reduced property damage due to erosion, and increased habitat value.
Native grasses for the upper slope include:Andropogon gerardi
Add color to the upper slope and transition zone with:
Hibiscus (hardy perennial)
Trees that handle wet soil:
Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing, Loma Vista Nursery