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Rain Gardens Are Great, Except When Blocked By Excessive Mulch

April 22, 2014 Downtown, Environment, Featured, Planning & Design 2 Comments

Rain gardens are an environmentally-friendly way to handle water runoff, rain water runs into an area where it gets absorbed into the soil. Well, assuming the water doesn’t get blocked.

Visual evidence of standing water at opening to this rain garden on Tucker
Visual evidence of standing water at opening to this rain garden on Tucker

The newly rebuilt North Tucker Boulevard has numerous rain gardens, but unfortunately many are like the one shown above — not able to function as designed because too much mulch blocks the water.

— Steve Patterson


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  1. Leigh says:

    I dunno, I experiment with water & run-off solutions quite a bit here at the house. Mulch can be awesome due to its ability to absorb massive amounts of water & release over a period of time. It should prevent standing water, not create it. I would think that there should be some sort of swale at the beginning there to trap some water. The stones laid out seems to reduce the force of the water & control volume. Native plant would help a ton, and prevent erosion. Maybe they used so much mulch as a stop gap until plants can be established?


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