Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rain in your area--plant a swamp

I mean, a rain garden. (Obviously this is not an issue in the Sonoran Desert where I live, though I do have a huge pond.)

A rain garden fills with a few inches of water and slowly filters into the ground. Lots of water-loving plants will thrive there.

Pick an area where runoff from your slope or gutters will end up. (Keep it at least 10 feet from building foundations, underground utilities, and septic tanks.)

Make it 4-8 inches deep. Have one inlet for water to come in--another for it to dribble out--maybe line these with stone.

Keep it level.

Many plants and grasses like the soppy ground. Sedges, rushes, umbrella plants, ferns. Ask your local Ag extension service.

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