Creating Rain Gardens

Capturing the Rain for Your Own Water-Efficient Garden

By Cleo Woelfle-Erskine; Apryl Uncapher
(Timber Press (OR), Paperback, 9781604692402, 208pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

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Homeowners spend hundreds of dollars watering their yard, but there is an easy way to save money and resources--rain gardening. But what is it? As simple as collecting rain to reuse in front and backyards.

"Creating Rain Gardens" is a comprehensive book for the DIY-er, covering everything from rain barrels to simple living roofs, permeable patios, and other low-tech affordable ways to save water in the garden.

Water conservation experts Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Apryl Uncapher walk homeowners through the process, with step-by-step instructions for designing and building swales, French drains, rain gardens, and ephemeral ponds--the building blocks of rain-catching gardens. From soil preparation, planting, troubleshooting, and maintenance, to selecting palettes of water-loving plants that provide four-season interest and a habitat for wildlife, "Creating Rain Gardens" covers everything a gardener needs to create a beautiful rain garden at home.

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