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Home office landscape using native plants. Front yard rain garden. July.

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Annie Thornton added this to Great Home Project: Install a Rain GardenNov 10, 2016

Who to hire: A landscape designer, landscape architect or landscape contractor can help you add a rain garden as its own project or as part of an overall landscape plan. While it’s not the most complicated of landscape projects, Whitworth suggests looking for professionals who specialize in sustainable gardening practices, as they are more likely to have experience with this type. DIY: It might not be necessary to hire a professional. “You can absolutely successfully design one yourself,” says Lathin, who has built over 40 rain gardens with his company, Creating Sustainable Landscapes. It might take a few weekends, some simple calculations and the help of a few friends to accomplish. “The first one that I built still works,” he says.

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Falon Land Studio LLC added this to How to Shape a Rain Garden and Create the Right Soil for ItSep 14, 2015

6. Get the right soil amendments. Rain garden soils act like sponges that soak up water while also letting the water pass through to the native soil layers below the rain garden. In order to do this, they need to have a mixture of high organic content and sand to improve the coarseness and texture of the soil. For rain gardens, the ideal soil mix is 35 to 40 percent compost and 60 to 65 percent coarse sand. Once you have created the proper mix of soil for the rain garden, it is not necessary to continuously add these amendments. Shown: A front-yard rain garden with mature plants

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Sarah added this to Landscape ideas and findsApr 29, 2017

fenced areas at end of driveway

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smgarciatx added this to smgarciatx's ideasSep 3, 2016

Excavate and amend. Rain gardens slowly drain rainwater and should not hold water for more than 48 hours. Therefore, it’s critical that the soil mix in the rain garden allows for adequate infiltration. If your existing soil did not perform well in your infiltration rate test, here are two approaches to creating the correct soil mix. Completely remove the existing soil to a depth of 18 to 24 inches and replace it with a bioretention mix of compost and sand. This method is necessary if your existing soil has a very poor infiltration rate (based on the soil infiltration test explained earlier in this article). If your existing soil has poor infiltration, it’s also a good measure to install subdrainage below your rain garden. Amend the existing soil with compost and sand. This is the more common and less expensive method. Whichever method you use, the base of the rain garden should be 4 to 8 inches below the surrounding ground, and the amended soil should go 1 foot to 2 feet below that.

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Leslie Calambro added this to Rain GardensJan 25, 2016

6. Get the right soil amendments. Rain garden soils act like sponges that soak up water while also letting the water pass through to the native soil layers below the rain garden. In order to do this, they need to have a mixture of high organic content and sand to improve the coarseness and texture of the soil. For rain gardens, the ideal soil mix is 35 to 40 percent compost and 60 to 65 percent coarse sand. Once you have created the proper mix of soil for the rain garden, it is not necessary to continuously add these amendments. Shown: A front-yard rain garden with mature plants

mindb4matter
Ginger Good added this to Landscape/Hardscape DesignOct 13, 2015

For rain gardens, the ideal soil mix is 35 to 40 percent compost and 60 to 65 percent coarse sand

millc221
M&Z,LLC added this to Green SpaceOct 3, 2015

enclosing the butterfly garden with green elements

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