Banyon Tree Design PortfolioModern Landscape, Seattle
Permeable paver driveway and rain garden offer a sustainable approach to stormwater managment.
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Maintenance: Aside from the weeding and watering needed to establish it, as is necessary with any planting bed, a rain garden is very low-maintenance, especially if you use native plants. “The biggest difference is making sure the basin doesn’t fill up with organic debris or excess mulch over the years — reducing water storage capacity — or that the inlet doesn’t get clogged with debris, especially if it is carrying water through an underground pipe into the rain garden’s basin,” Whitworth says. Permitting: While rain gardens usually don’t require a permit, it’s always good to check with your local building department. “Here in the city of Portland, permits are generally not required unless the slope is greater than 10 percent and you are not in a landslide area. If your rain garden has an overflow drain that leads to the storm system, a permit may be required,” Whitworth says. Depending on where you live, you’ll also want to check with your homeowners association, especially if you’re installing one in the front yard.
This rain garden at the edge of a permeable driveway catches additional runoff during heavy storms.Next: How to spread water runoff so that it can percolate into the soilMoreTo Manage Stormwater Sustainably, Understand Your SiteSee more guides to saving water at home