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Rainwater – running off driveways, down
streets, pooling in yards and corners of properties, pouring out of downspouts…
Where it runs down through the street picking up all kinds of undesirable
components and then sent directly to the water treatment centre sent
directly off to some swamp or water way. Yes, there are rain collection and pond options out there but they are
not always an economical way to go …and for some areas TOO much water is the
problem as opposed to conserving it. Diversion is one option… for instance last
year we put in gravel and sloped the soil underneath (and painted the
foundation) around our entire house. This involved digging down about 3 feet,
cleaning the foundation wall, repairing any spots that needed it and painting 2
thick coats of water repellent product, refilling the hole and sloping the
earth away from the home and then topping everything off with gravel to level
it for a walk way. We also created an underground drainage swale going from the
bottom of the slopped garden in the back yard, along the drip area of the house
roofline and down to the city curb. This was all in an effort to divert excess
water and prevent potential flooding that could occur in the future from excess
rain or a broken pipe in the garden.
One option you may not have considered yet is to create a Rainscape… kinda like
Xeriscape (planting desert like plants to reduce watering needs) – but the
opposite – you are choosing plants that want to sit in wet ground. In this case you would watch to see where the
water flows (or divert it where you desire it to be) and from there you would
begin to build your rain garden.
several feet and several feet across. Set the soil off to the side, you can use
it to create a berm – berms are used for privacy, as a noise barrier, and provide
extra garden space - or use the excess soil in layers in your compost system to
build healthy soil for your gardens.
You have the
choice of lining the ditch with a variety of materials you can choose from to
reduce water loss in off seasons but also allow for some permeability for wet
seasons… i.e. you might do a triple layer of landscape fabric at the base of
your bed. Top that with crushed gravel, then a thick layer of sand, then
crushed gravel again. Top this with a layer of good growing soil (i.e. amended
top soil). Then have ready lots of different sized rocks for lining the edges
and placing around your plants. These rocks and or gravel will serve as
You can plant
whatever native wetland plants and anything else the nursery recommends for
your area. These plants will help reduce flooding, clean the water, and make a
wet area in your yard beautiful.
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