Green guru Dave Majewski has finished installing a rain garden in the Village of Blasdell. The homeowner was inspired after reading an article in Buffalo Spree earlier this year:
Rain barrels are one way to save and use rain water before it becomes contaminated, but an even better way is to send the water directly into the earth, where water not used by plants soaks into lower soils, becoming naturally filtered before it eventually enriches wetlands and waterways. Of course, you don’t need to be aware of this hidden process to appreciate the beauty of a rain garden. What you will notice is that rain garden plants remain lush, green, and blooming even during droughts–without any irrigation or chemicals.
The homeowner had 700 sq.ft. of roof space going directly into the combined sewer, an estimated 18,000 gallons/year.
In this case, literally underground. “In the pictures you can see the downspout that was modified to go underground with solid Schedule 40 PVC piping that branches off once it hits the garden.”
“We doubled the recommended amount of plants per square feet,” said Majewski. “It provides for an immediate visual impact and that is what she got here.”
To encourage others, Majewski will be installing a temporary sign on the property explaining the system and the runoff problems it seeks to address.
Get Connected: Dave Majewski, Premium Services, 716.432.2960
More: WNY Stormwater Coalition Rain Garden How-to Booklet