Project Duration: 5 weeks
Services Provided: rain garden, circular fire pit, seating wall, night lighting, planting beds
Scot & Sherry Dickerson
posted: July 01, 2008
The Scot and Sherry Dickerson project was completed in the summer of 2008, the construction took about 4 weeks to complete. The project was designed by Weston and installed by lead foreman Matt.
The goal of this project was to reduce a serious drainage problem in the backyard, and to accomplish this, we installed a massive rain garden. The property had a drainage easement, so careful planning and communication with the city of Urbandale was required. We removed over 150 tons of compacted clay soil and replaced it with a carefully designed engineered soil to create a rain-garden. The plantings were chosen to tolerate extreme wet soils in the spring and the possibility of dried conditions in the summer.
A circular fire pit constructed of pavers was installed and a boulder fire pit was placed in the center as well. We installed a seating wall around patio to retain the hill and create some over flow seating.
Matt also installed night lighting and a large flood light to allow the kids to play basketball when ever they felt the need to work on their jump shot. We also finished off the beds around the house with stone edging and a rock mulch to create a clean mowing edge. A dry steam bed was created in the center of the rain garden to allow the water to flow easily to the overflow in the event of a heavy rain. A mix of native grasses and flowers where installed for color and interest in the backyard year round.
Scot and his kids have done a wonderful job of maintaining the project over the last few years. The garden is in its third full season and the plants are really filling in the beds nicely. What was once a swamp is now a outdoor living space that functions as a sponge to control the drainage issues that used to present a major problem.
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