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Rain Garden Showcase: Inverness Bioswale

Inverness Bioswale

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!

  • April 8th, 2011 – Before

    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.

    April 15th, 2011 – Design

    April 21st, 2011

    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.

    May 12th, 2011

    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.

    June 2th, 2011 – Before

    About four weeks later.


  • June 18th, 2012

    The drought of 2012 is tough on this unestablished, Full Sun, Dry site.

    June 30th, 2012

    Replacement plantings are in.

    Turf area with drainage work has healed over.

    August 8th, 2012

    Prairie Dropseed looking good.

    The deep mulch is stifling the plants.

    September 14th, 2012

    October 10th, 2012

    Closing the books on this year.


  • June 18th, 2012

    The rains have returned.

    Pale Purple Coneflower looking pale.

    July 10th, 2012

    Pale Purple Coneflower looking more purple.

    Foxglove doing well.

    July 17th, 2012

    Pale Purple Coneflower, Butterfly weed, Wild Quinine are filling in.


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