When I work with a client, I ask two really important questions: 1. How can the rain garden perform to address the problems, and 2. How can the rain garden enhance the quality of the yard?
For this project, the answer for the first question was to create a rain garden with a bioswale feature. A bioswale allows for storm water to run through the garden versus having it sit and infiltrate.
We started building the rain garden by digging a 3-foot deep by 2-foot wide trench that spans the entire backyard.
With the new rain garden, the backyard has been transformed into a place of discovery that is just as beautiful when it’s cloudy as it is during sunny, dry days.