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Repairing a Sandy-damaged backyard

Hi all,

My beautifully landscaped backyard was destroyed during flooding from Superstorm Sandy.  Our arborvitaes are beyond dead, as are several of our other shrubs.  We're in Long Island.  I am trying to find plants and shrubs that if we are flooded again will withstand salt water, but everything I'm finding is either some form of a noxious weed, can't grow up north, or is poisonous.  I'd like something that flowers or that just isn't green all year round.  Any suggestions?

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Re: Repairing a Sandy-damaged backyard

  • Sorry to hear what happened to your yard. I think people will feel the effects of Sandy for years to come.

    I'd recommend going to a nursery in your area and speaking to a plant specialist. This is probably a question that comes up often now for

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    Plant something tolerant of salt. There is still a high level of salt in the soil, and it will persist for years, so that is your most important criteria to meet. You will not find a whole landscape full of col

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  • Our friends just moved back into their home after rebuilding and elevating their home in Ortley Beach, NJ. Amazingly their rose bush survived and started budding last week. It was covered in maybe five to six feet of salt water. Maybe it's an unusual rose
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