The element that really sets a rain garden apart from most other forms of landscaping is the incorporation of rain water.
But designing a garden whose primary design consideration is to detain rain water is not a new practice.
In fact, we have been designing our landscapes to harvest the rain water much longer than we have not been.
And now with our population exponentially increasing, we see a need to protect and maximize our finite resources and relearn this skill-set that we have let fade from memory due to modern convenience.
Rain gardens revive a form of gardening that has us designing to the Earth, rather than designing the Earth to us, by understanding our climate, site, soils, and plant material.
All of this starts with a thorough site evaluation, which you already completed right?
Good, now you can continue on to the Design Series where we will cover each phase of the rain garden design process.
The Design Series includes:
Rain Garden Soils
Basin Dimensions and Plant Requirements
Special Design Considerations
Hillside Rain Gardens
Turf as an Overflow for your Rain Garden
So now let’s start where everything starts and ends; the soil.