|Lot survey from the city|
Then I had to draw it out on graph paper, and add more details. Here are the basic steps I had to follow to create my drawing:
Step 1: Using graph paper, draw the lines of your house and property (easy once I had the lot survey).
Step 2: Add buildings, trees, landscaping features, gardens, hard surfaces (driveway, sidewalks…etc), gutter locations and arrows to represent the direction of the flow of water off the roof.
Step 3: Add land slopes to the map and the direction the water flows through the yard.
Step 4: Add any play areas, pathways or other activity areas (where you wouldn’t want a garden)
Step 5: Identify sun exposure
|Rain garden planning map|
Once we decided on the best spot to put the rain garden, the next step was to complete the design of the garden. We measured the area and drew the basic shape on the graph paper. Then the designer drew in the details of the garden, and helped me pick out the plants. Here is the completed design…
|Rain garden design|
I’m excited to have the design completed and approved. I didn’t have much time to pick out plants; the design had to be completed quickly in order to meet the grant application deadline. This design only uses six different types of plants, and I like more variety than that. They said I don’t have to stick with the plants shown in the design. Once we get to the planting phase, I can plant whatever I want.
Here’s where my rain garden will go, in front of the rock wall…
|Location of rain garden|
Follow my progress:
1. April 25th, 2012 – Rain Garden Please!
2. June 5th, 2012 – Building The Rain Garden
3. July 16th, 2012 – Rain Garden DONE!
4. June 12th, 2013 – Rain Garden Update – one year later