I installed this bioswale in the Spring of 2011 to direct water coming from an upland property away from the homeowner’s house.
You can select from the tabs below to see pictures and information from any of the 3 years this specific bioswale has been installed.
I hope that you find this information useful, and I would love hear any questions or feedback you have on this project!
Water from upland neighbor’s downspouts is running into the side of the lowland homeowner’s garage. What looks like an old turf swale has filled in and no longer conveys the water away from the house. Collecting water from the downspouts and moving further from house. Water will re-emerge through the green pop-up cap a safe distance from the house where there is good pitch away. Cutting and removing the sod. Grading swale. All the water travels down the center and away from the house. Mulched First, but way too deep. Should have only used 1″. The plants struggle up through the 2-3 inches of mulch each Spring. Plugs in the ground. About four weeks later. TOP OF PAGE
The drought of 2012 is tough on this unestablished, Full Sun, Dry site. Replacement plantings are in. Turf area with drainage work has healed over. Prairie Dropseed looking good. The deep mulch is stifling the plants. Closing the books on this year. TOP OF PAGE
The rains have returned. Pale Purple Coneflower looking pale. Pale Purple Coneflower looking more purple. Foxglove doing well. Pale Purple Coneflower, Butterfly weed, Wild Quinine are filling in. TOP OF PAGE