Green street rain gardens are ready for Spring!

Photo of a rain garden along a street in Forest Estates.
April 12, 2013
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Have you seen one of DEP’s new green street rain gardens?

In 2012, DEP installed 46 rain gardens along roadways and parking lots at Forest Estates, White Oak, Dennis Avenue, Arcola Avenue, Aspen Hill Library, and Kensington Library. These rain gardens and other vegetated improvements were installed to reduce and filter rainfall and pollutants that wash off surface areas (stormwater runoff). Rain gardens like these help to keep our local streams and rivers healthy.

To keep these rain gardens looking good and functioning well, DEP hired a maintenance contractor to visit the sites monthly. So, if you see a couple people working around the rain gardens, they are:

  • weeding, 
  • removing trash and debris, such as leaves, branches, acorns, etc.,
  • removing sediment from the inlet,
  • raking mulch that has moved, and
  • as-needed seasonal maintenance, such as replacing plants (as we plan to do this Spring at Arcola Avenue and Aspen Hill Library)

 

Photo of a rain garden along a street in Forest Estates.

If you are curious to see these gardens absorb & collect stormwater, just grab your umbrella, and take a walk along one of our new Green Streets during a rain storm!

 

DEP’s contractor completed winter pruning of the plants during their monthly maintenance in March. In May, we are replenishing mulch to a 3” depth to help prevent invasive weeds. It is important to do this routine maintenance regularly to make sure the rain gardens continue to filter stormwater from roads, parking lots, driveways, and roofs.

Thanks to all the neighbors who live along our Green Streets who have been helping us pick up trash and carefully mow grass along the edges of the stormwater facilities. With spring pruning done and the weather warmer, you should keep an eye out for these to turn green and spring back to life over the next few weeks!

 

Photo of black-eyed susans blooming in a rain garden in Forest Estates.

 

If you have a rain garden in your own yard and would like more information on how to maintain it, view the Rain Garden Maintenance on Private Property fact sheet.



One comment on "Green street rain gardens are ready for Spring!"

  1. Dale Ziemer says:

    Please how can I access “Rain Garden Maintenance” you indicate is on a “Private Property fact sheet”. I could not find this on website. Thank you.

    You say:
    If you have a rain garden in your own yard and would like more information on how to maintain it, view the Rain Garden Maintenance on Private Property fact sheet.

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