If you are thinking about installing a rain garden, I would first like to say “Go for it!”
It is a rewarding and enjoyable (except for roots) experience that is like no other found in gardening.
If you aren’t quite sure where to start, I am beginning a series of posts which will take you through all the steps I use when installing a rain garden.
This series is going to be pretty comprehensive, but don’t let the amount of information discourage you.
It is not necessarily meant to be read in its entirety, but as a manual whose sections may be chosen depending on your needs.
Also, I make a lot of recommendations but feel free to pick and choose what works for you.
Just because I say it does or doesn’t work, if you feel different, give it a shot!
And then let us know so that we can all try it.
If you haven’t already, you may want to read my post “Will a rain garden work for me?” for a quick qualifier for a rain garden on your property.
Below are the sections I will be covering in this series:
Locating Your Water Source(s)
Calculating Your Rain Garden Water Sources
Finding Your Rain Garden Location
Rain Garden Soils
Basin Dimensions and Plant Requirements
Special Design Considerations
Hillside Rain Gardens
Turf as an Overflow for your Rain Garden
My Favorite Rain Gardens Tools
How to Build Your Own Water Level
Native Rain Garden Installation