maple placement dilema
There is swale between my backyard and the neighbors. It seldom has standing water but the soil there is muddy. More so than the rest of the yard. I can imagine there could be standing water if it rains really heavy.
I have maples 10 ft away from the swale/property line. Now a number of people suggested me that I move it closer to the swale, like 6ft from it, so that I'd have enough space for a patio.
Should I move them? Would maples do okay if the soil's wet? Or should I just make the patio shorter (then "the patio would look like a bowling alley," quoting my dear realtor.)
What would be other concerns with planting maples on the wet area? I was told that the maples have been planted higher to avoid water damage. So the tree give me the look of mulch volcano but it really isn't the mulch volcano. It's just a top of the root ball. I just imagine that, if a maple is not planted deeper, I may have more surface roots. Is this a valid concern? Or should I aim to achieve the same ballistic look surrounding the root flare and plant them in a similar manner?