It’s been almost a year since I finished installing my rain garden, and I love it! We’ve had a ton of rain this spring, and my rain garden is working great. It’s amazing how full it gets when it rains, and it always drains within 24 hours (so no mosquitoes!).
I’ve also noticed that our mini-river problem is gone. We used to have a mini river that would run between our house and the neighbor’s house when we got heavy rains. This mini-river would wash away the mulch and dirt in the garden at the bottom of the hill. Yuck!
|Mini-river between houses before rain garden installed|
We’ve had some very heavy rainfall, and the ground is saturated, but I haven’t seen a mini-river since installing the rain garden. Yeah! It ended up being the perfect solution.
Most of the plants survived the winter, but there are a few I need to replace. That’s on the to-do list for this weekend.
|Rain garden, need to fill in more plants|
The biggest disappointment is that only one of the plants I put in the basin survived. I’ll have to try again this year, and hope more will survive.
|Rain garden, most of the plants survived|
The basin fills up in no time when it rains. It has yet to overflow (as it’s designed to do when it’s too full), so that’s good. It means this rain garden can handle a large amount of water, which is great for the environment!
|Rain garden basin full of water|
I love it so much that I’m going to install another one on the other side of my yard. The mulch and dirt in the large perennial garden wash away during heavy rains, so I think putting in a rain garden above that area will help.
|Large perennial garden has drainage issues|
I’m so proud of my rain garden, and I love watching it work it’s magic. Every time it rains, I have to check to see how full the rain garden is. It’s so much fun.
Read more about my rain garden adventure…
1. April 25th, 2012 – Rain Garden Please!
2. June 30, 2012 – Rain Garden Plan Complete
3. June 5th, 2012 – Building The Rain Garden
4. July 16th, 2012 – Rain Garden DONE!