Rain Garden Workshop

Last week Colby attended a two-day Rain Garden Workshop for Green Industry and Building Professionals.  This WSU Extension Kitsap County event covered all aspects of rain gardens and introduced the ideas behind Low Impact Development (LID) and why it’s needed.

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Rain garden at the YMCA in Silverdale

As noted in the Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington:

Rain gardens are important and versatile tools in the approach to managing stormwater.  They’re landscaped areas that collect, absorb, and filter stormwater runoff from roof tops, driveways, and other hard surfaces that don’t allow water to soak in.  Simply put, rain gardens are shallow depressions that:

  • Can be shaped and sized to fit your yard in order to accommodate temporary ponding after it rains.
  • Are constructed with soil mixes that allow water to soak in rapidly, treat runoff, and support plant growth.
  • Can be landscaped with a variety of plants to fit the surroundings.

Rain gardens perform significant functions such as filtering oil, grease, fertilizer and other pollutants before they reach groundwater and eventually streams, wetlands, lakes, and marine waters.  They also increase the amount of water that soaks into the ground to resupply local groundwater.

If you’re interested in having a rain garden installed on your property, but don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help.  Drop us a line at info@northwestcl.com or call 360-697-3215.

Thanks for reading our blog.  Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC is a Kitsap County landscaping company that offers landscaping, decorative concrete and lawn maintenance services to homes and businesses across Kitsap and Pierce counties.

Curtain Drain Installation

One of our maintenance clients was having trouble with water leaking into his basement. We installed a curtain drain to intercept the water and move it away from his home.

Curtain drains are constructed by digging a trench – in this particular case, around our client’s home – lining it with fabric and installing perforated pipe to capture the water and direct it to another location.  The trench is then filled with drain rock.

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The trench is lined with fabric and filled with gravel and a perforated pipe.

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Our client had a natural slope in his landscape to help channel the water away from his home.

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The trench was topped with drain rock.

If water is leaking into your basement, a curtain drain is an affordable solution to help keep it dry.  Click here to see how a river rock bed can be utilized to move water away from your property.

Thanks for reading our blog.  Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC is a Kitsap County landscaping company that offers landscaping, decorative concrete and lawn maintenance services to homes and businesses across Kitsap and Pierce counties.