After several days of working the soil, we made big progress today; installing hundreds of native plants in the prepared beds of Culver’s first rain garden.
To prepare the rain garden, we removed a couple of inches of sod and then worked in several yards of composted leave mulch and top soil, both by hand and with a garden tiller. We added a river stone channel and a couple of check dams of glacial stone to help slow the water as it moves through the garden.
Once the beds were prepared we installed several hundred native plants, forbs (wildflowers), grasses and sedges. These plants will perform a number of functions in the garden, primarily through their extensive root systems. The plants will help filter the stormwater run off from the adjacent parking lot.
Finally we added a layer of shredded hardwood mulch on top to help hold the soil and conserve moisture while the plants get established.
Huge credit goes to John Henderson (CMA ’17), Harrison Harm (CMA ’17), and Reeves McKenney (CMA’17) who have been working on this project for the better part of a year. Extra special credit goes to Chris Chandler (CMA’17) and Zain Khodr (CMA’17), both of whom contributed much needed labor with great attitudes during critical phases of the project.
Last bit of planting and mulching tomorrow. Looks like rain on Friday!!!