In this industrialize world, we face the effects of climate change and natural disaster such as typhoons, earthquakes and floods. These effects are the main reason why we take a conscious effort on conserving our environment and restoring what we have damage through time. As I have discussed on my previous post – Conserve Water Through Rain Gardens, rain gardening is one of the actions we have come up to somehow help the environment specially in urban areas. Through gardening, we may be able to somehow contribute on the restoration we aim. So as I have promised on my previous post here is my post on how to create your own rain garden.
Steps in Creating Your Own Rain Garden
Step 1: Choose Your Location
In choosing your location, consider the sunlight and its proximity in your house. While some opt to have their rain garden near their house, I wouldn’t suggest this for this may cause flooding in your house. Situate your rain garden away from the septic area as well. Choose a low spot in your garden or a spot that have a full or partial sunlight.
Step 2: Create a design for your garden
Planning is always the basic in every garden activity so plan your garden including the design you want, as well as its size. With these, you can visualize properly the garden you want to create.
Step 3: Choose the plant for your rain garden
Be creative in choosing the plant but be sure that they can tolerate heavy rainfall as well as drought season. Native plant are perfect as well for they are well adapted in the conditions in your area. Visit your local garden store to help you pick out these plants. Be sure to pick out a variety to grasses and flowers to make it more appealing. Don’t forget to check your old seeds in your garden shed as well.
Step 4: Lay out and dig your garden
Start to lay out your garden based on the design you created. Then, contact a certified plumber or an expert if there is a need for modification and reconnection in the stormwater system in your area. Next, dig your garden for about 4 to 8 inches deep for drainage.
Step 5: Soil Preparation
Add soil with 2-3 inches of compost then mix it well. The compost. This will help a better drainage in your garden.
Step 6: Plant, Mulch
Based on your design, start to plant taking note on their distance from each other. Be sure to follow your design. After planting, put some mulch about 2 to 3 inches deep. You can choose shredded wood chips as a mulch but be sure that they won’t float. You can also put some pebbles for aesthetic effect. Then water your garden every other day if it doesn’t rain.
Step 7: Arrange rainwater tank or downpipes
Make sure that your downpipes and rainwater tanks overflow is connected to your rain garden. Attach a flow spreader at the end of the downpipes to evenly distribute the water. Water your garden every other day if it doesn’t until it can grow on its own.
There you have it! You can now create a garden you own rain garden and help on the conservation of water as well. Happy gardening.
- Going Green: Make Your Own Rain Garden (blogsouthwest.com)
- Conserve Water Through Rain Gardens (nelsontheadventurer.wordpress.com)