I have an area in the northern corner of my back yard. The area is slightly lower than the rest of the yard and my neighbors' yards. During a rain (or snow) storm, the area fills with about three inches of water that takes a few days to drain. Several large aborvitaes and about 5 newly planted arborviteas died. After reading this article doccat5 posted: [http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/634/?utm_source=nl_2008-02-04&utm_medium=email], it seems that a rain garden may be the solution to my boggy northern corner. I'm planning to build the rain garden this spring and thought this forum might be a good place to get advise and some design ideas.
Have ever planted a rain garden?
I haven't seen too much detailed information in regards to rain gardens on this particular forum but there might be more discussion on them on another DG forum.
The best most complete, articulate and some excellent photographs of the process was photo essay'ed by an Iowan man named Ironbelly. He often posts on the Design Forum on Garden Web.
He is a highly respected writer and also teaches at community college level and other various adult education programs.
I have also gleaned some personal blog entries about rain gardens. I can't recall the exact name of the blogs but if you go to the blog called GardenRant you might find the links to those blogs.
But to my recollection, Ironbelly (Dan Mays) has the best personal journey documented about building and maintaining a rain garden.
Rain gardens can be an excellent addition to any ones landscape. Here in NW Ohio they are being incorporated in many new governmental facilities to manage runoff. The idea is to return the water naturally to the watershed through percolation rather than storm sewers etc. Collectively the hope is to reduce flooding since so much land is going under asphalt with runoff directed to sewers that cant always handle sudden intense storms. There are other benefits as well. Some rain gardens are planted just up slope of the problem area. This catches the water before it pools. The links below are just a few of the sites available. I encourage you install one. You will have a new opportunity to add some beautiful plants and a unique landscaping feature and help the environment as well.