Starting small

We have started with a small rain garden in our backyard. Next year we hope to build a larger one in our side yard.

Abstract shape

I diverted two downspouts and graveled the bed of the garden in an abstract shape. It turned out beautiful with fairly little effort.

Entirely native

Rain garden was planted entirely with Portland native plants and is certified as part of my Bronze Backyard Habitat through the Audubon society.

Saving rocks

I set aside all of the rocks we dug up while amending the soil, and incorporated those into the rain garden.

Regrading the soil

A huge key for me was re-grading the soil around my house, which helped alleviate water issues in the basement. It also helped motivate me to fix gutter issues around the house.

Important slope

One of the things I didn’t anticipate the importance of was slope in the garden. After excavation of the first rain, I had to reposition rocks and various mulch pieces to allow better flow of the water into the garden.

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