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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This is the best comprehensive guide to rain gardens I have seen! The book's introduction educates the reader about water, explains what a rain garden is and its purpose. Steps for planning and constructing a rain garden are well explained and fully illustrated. Common tools needed are described and often picture, which is a great aid to the do-it-your-selfer. Use of soil amendments and mulch are discussed and easy methods to calculate needed amounts are described. Lists of plants to encourage wildlife (hummingbirds and butterflies) discourage consumption by deer and provide seasonal interest are included. Especially helpful is the list of plants that tolerate road salt, since rain gardens built near roads have to deal with salt used on the roads for winter maintenance. Hints on selecting and purchasing plants--including use of natives as well as cultivars--are included and many plants are pictured and described in detail--height, bloom time and light requirements as well as...
This reference gives detailed information on rain gardens. I used it to prepare presentations on the subject. Has lots of pictures.
Very informative with many ideas and ways of using a rain garden, and use of plants. Highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn styles and types of plants to use in a rain garden.
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