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Not Hearing Asked “Got Any Good Maine Land In A Swamp For Sale Cheap?”

Not Hearing Asked “Got Any Good Maine Land In A Swamp For Sale Cheap?”

What we have for sale that is Maine swamp land is not an inquiry coming through the real estate office door, or on line emails, over the phone.

Marshland, lots of springs, small ponds everywhere of stagnant water happen on Maine land. The soil profile provides adequate draining, run off for the Maine land.

Or not. The topography plays into the grand scheme of things too. Four humongous hills, no make that mountains on all sides of the Maine land acreage. And can you spell defeat, doomed for high and dry?

Pressure from rain water, winter snow melt run off and those vertical hills like a bowling alley lane. Guiding, tilted, funneling everything Mother Nature has to throw at the Maine land. Full force. All the time. Any season. Even with drainage tiles and diversion ditches, some Maine land is beat for high and dry conditions. Which is critical for row crops, haying, grazing.

So back to the question we never hear asked for in earnest, only in jest. “Got any Maine swamp land for sale, the bigger the better?”

The fact is for every hundred acre property, Maine land acreage listing we sell, roughly five acres of the property is low, wet, swampy. Or all the above. Just comes with the territory. Some cases of more than the 5%, others escape it all together. But most test somewhere positive for wetlands, cat tails, springs, small ponds or vernal pools. Something wet.

The lay of the land, level to rolling means wrinkles. High points, low spots. The lower terrain causes a “home” for the water to run off, pocket. The soils that are black, humous, darker colored dank and “greasy” or clay like help keep the water from draining off too. But lots of wildlife habitat happens in a Maine swamp, lower spring, marshy land. Like no thank you helpings of vegetables your Mom and Dad made you eat, or try. Expect some lower wet Maine land in the larger acreage major league property land listings.

Not like Smuckers. With a name like “Thousand Acre Bog” tattooed across the Delorme Gazetteer map, your know this section of Crystal Maine on the map must be a place to lose a boot. Trying to cross it means mud, goo to make it hard to pick your feet up. As you struggle, try to trek across it. And the thought of what a wonderful breeding ground for Maine mosquitoes could enter your grey matter. Something lights up inside your head, behind your eyes, between your ears to shout “run”. Run away now. Even if you do get a mud rubber boot or two lost in the hurry scurry to get out of the Maine swamp land.

Have a soil test for hopefully at least one higher, dryer spot on any Maine land you buy.

Before you pull out a chair to sit down at the final land closing on the Maine real estate listing. The soil test for a septic system is a must to build. If it won’t pass the Maine land soil test analysis for HHE 200 design of a septic system, you have a property to look at, just not enjoy fully by being able to build on it. Have seen a parcel of Maine land be high elevation wise for other property around it and still have difficult, marginal soil for a septic.

Russell Road in Ludlow Maine is one of those areas. Elevated but the wrong dirt for septics. No cat tails, the obvious clues either. Because we have elevation, views. Just what’s lurking underneath, there’s the rub. Plantations, unorganized territories, townships in Maine also have a tougher standard for soil tests. So do the shore land zoning regions within 250′ around a Maine lake, river, pond, ocean. Due diligence applies in Maine land buying.

Land in Maine, some is hill top high and dry, other property down in the valley and low. Walk it, see the lines, study the

maine katahdin1contour. Kick the ground cover with your feet and see what the color of the soil is under the top layer of leaves, organic matter.

Pick up a handful of dirt, feel the texture. And study if it is shale, flaky, wet, dry, stoney, sandy, clay like. And sample other areas the same down and dirty but eye opening way.

Seeing what is under the ground is as important as the eye candy location, view, waterfrontage around Maine land.

Buying, searching for Maine land, lots to consider. And like people, every soil profile, land parcel in Maine is different. Special, unique but all different. Make sure the use for the land in Maine you want to buy matches the horsepower, qualities of the actual property under the warming red light headed for check out.

Maine, big state, lots of land, own a chunk. We’ll help you break off a chunk to call your very own.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | [email protected] | MOOERS REALTY 69 North St, Houlton ME 04730




Andrew Mooers

Welcome to our Maine real estate website. I am the father of four grown children, have listed, marketed, sold properties for over forty years. Lots of changes in the real estate industry over that many decades and daily we re-invent our job. I grew up on a Maine farm that I bought from by three older brothers. My youngest son continues in the tradition on that same Maine farm. Here to help with property searches for homes, farms, land, waterfront, multi housing rentals, small mom and pop business listings.

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