A City resident transforms her front yard from grass to a rain garden full of native plants, that now capture all of the runoff from her front roof, porch roof, and sidewalk. The installation was completed by Susquehanna EcoDesign who described the plant selection as Wildscaping, a native wildlife garden that is pollinator friendly.
Many residents in the City have small postage stamp front planting or grass areas and this application is ideal for those who want more color and less mowing. In this case the yard had a slight slope to the sidewalk so a small retaining wall was installed to hold the soil and level the garden. (click on the images to enlarge)
Grass was removed to create the rain garden area and stones were added to support the far end of the garden where the new soil was placed. The square footage of the area excavated was calculated to insure it will capture at least 1″ of run-off from the front of the house. Overflow water from the rain garden is piped back into the combined sewer pipe as shown below.
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