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Re:Crazy weather /flooding

Yes they do push rain gardens.  It's not so bad, however, in  landscapes.  
They are usually well aerated, and watered enough, soil  amended, so that the 
rain soaks in.  It's the fields, sides of  roads,etc. that don't allow for the 
water to soak in, and thus causing  flooding.  There are ditches along many of 
the streets, so that water runs  off into it, and slowly soaks back in, 
however we often get so much rain at one  time, that these fill up very quickly.   
In recent years there has  been a lot of new road construction, the roads made 
wider, in go the storm  drains instead of the ditches (since they take up too 
much room)......so there  is no where for the water to go to sink 
in......dries the surrounding areas out  more.  Not to mention that the storm drains get 
clogged with all sorts of  debris, causing even more flooding.  It's really 
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 3/10/2006 11:02:44 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Is the  Extension Service  pushing " Rain Gardens" in your area?  They are  
here, to help limit the problem you mentioned. It's amazing how much water  
even a small one will hold and then release slowly into the  landscape.


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