Rain Gardens: Sustainable Landscaping for a Beautiful Yard and a Healthy World

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Rain gardens are at the forefront of the green revolution. This environmentally friendly landscaping captures rainwater runoff rather than redirecting it into storm drains. The result is less erosion, less water pollution, and a beautiful, low-maintenance, sustainable garden. This is the first rain garden handbook for the backyard home gardener. Co-authors Robert Domm and Lynn Steiner draw on hands-on experience to help homeowners build beautiful rain gardens in their own yards. Illustrated with color ...

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Overview

Rain gardens are at the forefront of the green revolution. This environmentally friendly landscaping captures rainwater runoff rather than redirecting it into storm drains. The result is less erosion, less water pollution, and a beautiful, low-maintenance, sustainable garden. This is the first rain garden handbook for the backyard home gardener. Co-authors Robert Domm and Lynn Steiner draw on hands-on experience to help homeowners build beautiful rain gardens in their own yards. Illustrated with color photography, this instructive book offers specific advice about planning, building, planting, and maintaining your garden. Learn about city grants, how to calculate runoff, rain barrels, attracting wildlife, gray water recycling, and much more.

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Billed as the first rain garden handbook for the backyard home garden, this paperback was co-authored by degreed horticulturalist Lynn Steiner and hydrology scientist Robert Domm. Drawing on extensive hands-on experience and utilizing numerous color photographs, Rain Gardens instructs readers on the seemingly daunting tasks of planning, building, planting, and maintaining green revolution gardens. Editor's recommendation.

Michelle Marozik

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“Rain Gardens should be in every county extension office library, every bookstore, every home improvement store, and on your bookshelf if you have a property that can benefit from having a rain garden. Buy it and build it.” - Horticulture Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760340448
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 348,811
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Steiner was a longtime editor, writer, and photographer for Northern Gardener magazine. Her articles and photographs have appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Gardening How-To, and Sunset's Midwestern Landscaping Book. She lives with her husband, two teenage sons, a golden retriever, and two cats on a turn-of-the-century farmstead in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Michigan native Robert W. Domm is an outdoors writer and photographer specializing in fine art images of the Great Lakes region. He is the author and photographer of Lake Michigan Backroads and Backroads of Michigan, and his images have appeared in many publications, including Sierra, National Wildlife, and Outdoor Photographer. He lives with his wife in Rives Junction, Michigan.

www.rdommphoto.com

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Table of Contents

An Introduction to Rain Gardens

CHAPTER 1: Planning Your Rain Garden
Locating Your Garden
Low Areas
Working with an Existing Drainage Swale
Working around Existing Features
Keep It Level
Ordinance and Setback
Planning for Winter
Sun, Shade, or Both
Calculating Your Water Load to Size Your Rain Garden
Soil Type and Garden Size
Soil

CHAPTER 2: Building Your Rain Garden
Raw Materials
Storage Area
Sketching It Up
Laying It Out
Removing Existing Vegetation
Digging It Out
Mixing It Up
Overflows
Connecting the Downspout
Installing the Berm
Creating a Swale Garden

CHAPTER 3: Planting Your Rain Garden
Creating a Plant List
Designing Your Garden
Edging and Mulching Your Garden
Purchasing Plants
Planting
Care Right After Planting

CHAPTER 4: Maintaining Your Rain Garden
Rain Garden Maintenance Calendar
Long-Term Maintenance
Possible Pest Problems
Plant Index
Perennials
Grasses and Grasslike Plants
Shrubs and Small Trees
Trees

Resources


Index


About the Authors

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