Urban development has resulted in large areas of impermeable surfaces, leading to poor water quality and erosion, as well as drying of the creeks during droughts. Municipalities, conservation authorities and other stake holders, as well as homeowners themselves are clamboring for LID (Low Impact Development) and companies that are familiar with the concepts.
Techniques will be discussed to aid in soaking rainwater into the soil while beautifying your landscapes and allowing a more unusual palette of plants to be used. Rain Gardens can be a beautiful addition to any yard and allow the planting of some truly interesting plants. They also help the environment by infiltrating water to clean it and restore the water table and base-flow (the water that seeps through the ground to our creeks). We'll cover how to design and build a rain garden and other LID features, including placement, construction and plant choices.