We still need to add a tree, and divert the downspout to the rain garden, & also add a rain barrel.
The hard work was done by Let’s Go Chicago’s participants!
Please check out this video of the Let’s Go Chicago team laying some drainpipe at one of our projects. We had a big rain last week and were absolutely thrilled to receive an email from our client indicating there was no more seepage through her basement wall!
Riverside, Illinois is hosting FRED, in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted. The RIVERS Project is a collaboration with among Lupfer Landscaping, Dig Right In Landscaping, Semiramis Studio, and Aquascapes. We are offering to address residents’ flooding problems with installation work culminating in a green infrastructure extreme build and education event August 16-18! Contact the number on the postcard above if you are intersted in attending or addressing your flooding problem. Exciting!
Please see the earlier post about Triton’s Rain Garden here.
In preparation for the Bucktown Garden walk this weekend, Let’s Go Chicago planted native sedges in the parkway outside Center for Neighborhood Technology’s building at 1741 Western Avenue. The building houses CNT Energy, so the group also learned about Energy’s programs and toured the building. The group’s assistance doing final planting in the garden was key in getting he garden in shape for tomorrow. Pizzo Native Plants donated more plants and Grace Koehler taught the grup about native plants. Thanks everyone!
Red Raspberry season is here! Raspberries are nearly zero maintenance and pest-free. The fruit is rarely stolen by birds, squirrels, or other urban critters. I recommend planting yourself a patch. Confining them between a sidewalk and a garage or other barriers keeps them from spreading too much. Delicious!
The Rain Garden was installed last fall, and topped with pine fines mulch for the winter. This spring, we refined the grading and removed most of the mulch for use in other areas.
The soil at this site is extremely sandy, so standing water will be rare. We installed native sedges in the lowest areas of the swale, and they should hold the sandy soil quite well.
Over the next few months, as the plants establish, we’ll introduce the downspout water.