Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Surface Water Management and Water Efficiency

Another new experience for me was designing rain gardens for rain harvesting. This is how we decided to handle storm water runoff from the impervious surfaces we proposed. We have one rain garden in between the recycled brick driveway strips and two larger rain gardens located downhill from the house before the storm water reaches the stream. All are planted with drought tolerant native species. To be water efficient and eliminate an irrigation system, any new tree and shrub plantings will be watered by a hose connected to the rain barrels.

-  Lynn Saussy, Landscape Architect

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