Creating a Bioswale

Bioswale. noun. A long, channeled depression or trench that receives rainwater runoff (as from a parking lot) and has vegetation (such as grasses, flowering herbs, and shrubs) and organic matter (such as mulch) to slow water infiltration and filter out pollutants.

This Bioswale was created at the bottom of a large, naturalistic hillside planting in New Preston. The erosion mat was used as a substitute for mulch in this bioswale, controlling the ground plane while the native groundcover fills into a green carpet. This bioswale was planted with transplanted Carex pensylvanica and Lobelia siphilitica.

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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.

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