Well Kept Garden

Surface runoff is perhaps one of the biggest storm water management problems in urban areas, given the large expanses of impermeable surfaces. After a period of heavy rainfall, you will have to properly deal with the water in your yard. Otherwise, it will spill over into the street and nearby neighborhood, carrying silt, sediments, and pollutants, which may then flow to streams and rivers.

Not all gardens can help with your area’s runoff problems. Mulch, for instance, can be picked up by rainwater and can clog a nearby home’s sewage drains. Rain gardens and bioswales offer beautiful and environmentally-meaningful solutions to such problems.

Rain Gardens: Soaking up the Rain

rain garden is a simple landscaping feature for smaller, residential applications. It’s a type of a garden with a slight depression which has been vegetated with weather-resilient plants. The depression collects water and filters sediments, while still retaining sufficient nutrients for plants to thrive.

The effectiveness of rain gardens depends on the structure of the soil and the hardiness of the plants. Some landscapers enrich the soil with sand or compost. In terms of vegetation, landscapers prefer native plants, as they are naturally adapted to the weather and moisture that is typical of their locale.

Bioswale: An Effective and Beautiful Runoff Filter

Highly recommended by stormwaterfacilities.com, bioswales effectively collect water. They also do a better job at filtering sediments and retaining nutrients in the soil than any other landscaping technique. Bioswales follow a linear system and should have vegetation that can retain high amounts of nutrients. They are useful in areas with expansive impervious surfaces, such as driveways, patios, and roadways.

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Landscapers sometimes improve the soil with water treatment residuals to increase its ability to retain and filter water and allow plants to thrive. Bigger applications, such as in highways, would sometimes require the use of engineered soils and deeper depressions.

Both rain gardens and bioswales are practical stormwater management solutions that make your landscape look better. Having these features in your yard makes life much easier. And, they’re eco-friendly, too.