Rain Garden Success!

IMG_3947.JPGThis photo taken 6 months after the installation says a lot but I will share some details.  Spring flooding leaves standing water in the two backyards for days on end. As you can see, the Japanese Maple has not leafed out yet.  The homeowner has invested over three years into cultivating an all organic, lush lawn. She had sump pump work done in her basement and to her horror the water was directed to dump into the back yard instead of draining into the front. Her small dog enjoyed wading through the water but a solution was in need.  The neighbors plan to start construction and remove the chain link fence as well.  Their solution will complement this one, including the continuation of the slab stone walkway through the garden for the kids and dogs to enjoy.

A small box culvert was installed in the middle of the lawn with down spouts directed to it to add more drainage to the saturated site. I designed a dry creek bed next to the sump pipe (now hidden by the slab stones) to drain the water into a rain garden.   Sitter style stones dot the way to crate the illusion of an actual creek bed as well as giving a seat. Sedge grasses dot the creek bed and Rush was installed in the rain garden. I wanted to keep clean lines and complement the lush lawn with grass like plants.  I plan to pop over late summer to see how much the Soft Rush has grown in the rain garden.