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Re: Re:Crazy weather /flooding

While I am not familiar with your area, my advice is to go with  
natives - attempt to match them with the soil, but try anyway. You  
would be surprised at how adaptable our native plants are.  My  
neighborhood has ditches along the streets and they are not very wide  
at all. Unfortunately, my neighbors have not tried rain gardens, and  
because my property slopes from the road to the back of the property,  
there is no ditch I can use. ( Of course, there is "the swamp" in my  
back yard - but no one sees that!)

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Mar 10, 2006, at 6:48 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

> 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
> awful.
> Noreen
> 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.
> Daryl
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