River Birch vs Weeping Willow for wet area
A part of our yard gets very wet during rainstorms and does not dry out for days afterwards. Our landscaper had suggested a weeping willow for the area since those trees really suck in water. Yes, it will get very big - in about 20 years. He said it would be a good quick start to keeping our yard dry and we can revisit cutting it down if/when it gets too big. The tree will be planted about 15' away from 2 houses.
Another option is the River Birch which also gets big, but not as wide. It is good for wet areas, but my landscaper said it would not be as good as the WW. He said the Willow leafs out earlier in the spring and drops its leaves later in the fall than the birch, so it would be sucking the water down for more months than the Birch.
Which tree would you choose? I really want to do something because each time it rains, our yard is muddy for up to a week and no one can play outside.
Thanks so much.