|Outflow Into Rain Garden -|
Not The Most Lovely
View Of It, But Notice
How Smoothly It Works!
Now that spring is coming, plants are budding - and I didn't have to put any effort into that; they did it on their own! The rain is also coming; it seems that more days than not, our rain garden is at work, slowing the movement of stormwater into the system by storing and releasing. Best of all - this takes no work by me! I see it operating, at its slow pace, and enjoy not just the flowers and berries, but also the sight of a smoothly-working machine. It's not a purely mechanical machine; it combines pipes and valves with dirt and plants. The end result is very pleasing ... AND very little work on my part, now that its building is done.
Following construction, I've done the following:
- Cleaned the flow restrictor (maybe 2 minutes of work to wash out a year's worth of gunk)
- Closed a valve
- Opened a valve
- Weeded a little.
So far, concerns that a rain garden would take a lot of upkeep have not come to pass in this case. I had some concern about water coming out of the pipe compacting the soil but "armoring" the outflow with a pile of rocks (which were reclaimed from earlier gardening efforts) took care of that - see photo. I would recommend something similar for any home that has rain, a yard and a roof!