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Rain Gardens: Sustainable Landscaping for a Beautiful Yard and a Healthy World

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Rain gardens allow rainwater to follow the natural course of the water cycle—absorbed into the ground, taken up by plants, and evaporated back into the atmosphere. This landscaping choice encourages rainfall on your property to stay on your property, where it can recharge the groundwater, irrigate your trees and shrubs, and even save you money on your water bill.
 
The latest trend in the green revolution, rain gardens cost little to build, can be installed on just about any property, and provide huge ecological benefits by minimizing erosion and reducing water pollution, all while adding to the beauty of your yard with an easy-to-maintain, sustainable garden. And they can help keep your basement dry.
In this first user-friendly rain garden handbook designed exclusively for the backyard gardener, hydrology scientist Robert Domm and master gardener Lynn Steiner provide simple, low-cost ideas and advice to help you create your own rain garden using native flowers, shrubs, and trees.

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Rain gardens are at the forefront of the green revolution. This environmentally friendly landscaping captures rainwater runoff rather than redirecting it into storm drains. The result is less erosion, less water pollution, and a beautiful, low-maintenance, sustainable garden. This is the first rain garden handbook for the backyard home gardener. Co-authors Robert Domm and Lynn Steiner draw on hands-on experience to help homeowners build beautiful rain gardens in their own yards. Illustrated with color photography, this instructive book offers specific advice about planning, building, planting, and maintaining your garden. Learn about city grants, how to calculate runoff, rain barrels, attracting wildlife, gray water recycling, and much more.

About the Author

Lynn Steiner is a degreed horticulturalist and a frequent speaker at gardening and environmental events. She is the author of three Landscaping with Native Plants books and the former editor of Northern Gardener magazine.
 
Robert Domm is a hydrology scientist with a working knowledge of rain garden design and function. A writer and photographer, Domm is published in Sierra and National Wildlife.
 
www.rdommphoto.com

 

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Rain Gardens

CHAPTER 1: Planning Your Rain Garden

Locating Your Garden

Low Areas

Working with an Existing Drainage Swale

Working around Existing Features

Keep It Level

Ordinance and Setback

Planning for Winter

Sun, Shade, or Both

Calculating Your Water Load to Size Your Rain Garden

Soil Type and Garden Size

Soil

CHAPTER 2: Building Your Rain Garden

Raw Materials

Storage Area

Sketching It Up

Laying It Out

Removing Existing Vegetation

Digging It Out

Mixing It Up

Overflows

Connecting the Downspout

Installing the Berm

Creating a Swale Garden

CHAPTER 3: Planting Your Rain Garden

Creating a Plant List

Designing Your Garden

Edging and Mulching Your Garden

Purchasing Plants

Planting

Care Right After Planting

CHAPTER 4: Maintaining Your Rain Garden

Rain Garden Maintenance Calendar

Long-Term Maintenance

Possible Pest Problems

Plant Index

Perennials

Grasses and Grasslike Plants

Shrubs and Small Trees

Trees

Resources

Index

About the Authors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760340448
Author:
Steiner, Lynn M
Publisher:
Voyageur Press (MN)
Author:
Steiner, Lynn M.
Author:
Domm, Robert W.
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Gardening : General
Subject:
Gardening-Landscape and Design
Subject:
native
Subject:
succulents
Subject:
Xeriscape
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
300 color photos & 20 diagrams
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

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Rain gardens are at the forefront of the green revolution. This environmentally friendly landscaping captures rainwater runoff rather than redirecting it into storm drains. The result is less erosion, less water pollution, and a beautiful, low-maintenance, sustainable garden. This is the first rain garden handbook for the backyard home gardener. Co-authors Robert Domm and Lynn Steiner draw on hands-on experience to help homeowners build beautiful rain gardens in their own yards. Illustrated with color photography, this instructive book offers specific advice about planning, building, planting, and maintaining your garden. Learn about city grants, how to calculate runoff, rain barrels, attracting wildlife, gray water recycling, and much more.

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