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Rain Garden Maintenance!

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Once your Rain Garden is planted and ready it is time to enjoy the multiple benefits it provides to your property and the environment, but just like with any other garden it is important to take care of it.

Rain Garden Maintenance should be pretty simple if the garden is designed correctly and the adequate plants are selected (native plants once established do not need extra watering or too much care).

To keep its beauty and functionality over the years it is important to consider a few important details like:

  • keeping a thick layer of mulch,
  • remove weeds,
  • make sure that the inlet and outlet are free of debris,
  • water during the first season so the plants’ root system gets established, or in drought or heat periods,
  • do not use any type of fertilizer

Find more information about Rain Garden care on our  Rain Garden Manual 2019

Church of the Incarnation Rain Garden!

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We are excited to announce one of the projects we worked on this summer, the rain garden located at the Anglican Church of the Incarnation in Oakville (1240 Old Abbey Lane, L6M 3Y4).

The rain garden at the Church of Incarnation will help catch run off water from their large parking lot, and will retain water before it reaches the stormwater drain. This will reduce run off and decrease the amount of pollutants entering their neighbourhoods creek. This project will also add to the impressive list of green initiatives the church community has become involved in, such as their new geo-thermal heating system, buckthorn removal in their properties forest, and rain barrels to water their community garden.  

Before the garden was built the parking lot suffered from the pooling of water and mud after rainfall and thaw, causing inaccessibility for 2 parking spots for some months of the year. Capturing runoff water has improved the parking lot condition and helped clear those 2 parking spots.

Raingarden at INCA after a rainfall.

The garden was designed by Sean James (landscape designer specializing in native species and rain gardens).  A large number of community groups and organizations were involved and made this project a community success.  The process included site assessments, volunteer training, garden design, site preparation and planting and mulching. Partners included Green Communities CanadaHalton Environmental Network, Halton Food Council, Fern Ridge Eco LandscapingHarpski Landscaping, and Maple Hill Tree Services and the Anglican Church of the Incarnation and community volunteers. We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Scott’s Canada who provided the necessary funding and grants to make the plan a reality.

Planting day at INCA!

On June 2019, Oakvillegreen delivered a presentation to members of the congregation to explain the importance of Green Infrastructure and Rain gardens, as well as describe the volunteer roles needed during the project.

On June 7th the site preparation was started with 3 volunteers and staff from the aforementioned landscaping companies which included removal of the sod and soil, and excavation to provide the correct gradient and slope to the garden. Scott’s compost was added to help break the clay and loosen the soil.

On June 13th with help from volunteers, the garden was finally planted. During the event, volunteers helped dig and plant native shrubs, flowers, grasses and sedges. Scott’s mulch was then put in place.

Throughout the summer visits have been made by Oakvillegreen to remove weeds, water the plants, and monitor the gardens after rainfalls.

The Anglican Church of Incarnation is delighted with the garden they helped plant and the environmental impact it will contribute to their own backyard.

 

Rain Garden at St Luke’s Palermo Anglican Church

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Volunteers working hard to plant native flowers and shrubs.

We are happy to announce that there is a new rain garden in Oakville at St. Luke’s Palermo Anglican Church (3114 Dundas St W, Oakville, ON L6M 4J3)!

This rain garden will reduce run off and decrease the amount of pollutants entering our creeks, by capturing rain water from both the Community Centre and the Church roofs.

The diversion of water has improved safety and accessibility via one of the main walkway entrances to the church.

The garden was designed by Sean James (landscape designer specializing in native species and rain gardens).  A large number of community groups and organizations were involved and made this project a community success.  The process included site assessments, volunteer training, garden design, site preparation and planting and mulching. Partners included Green Communities Canada, Halton Environmental Network, Halton Food Council, Fern Ridge Eco Landscaping, Harpski Landscaping, and Maple Hill Tree Services and the St. Luke’s Church and community volunteers. We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Scott’s Canada who provided the necessary funding and grants to make the plan a reality.

On May 5th2019, Oakvillegreen delivered a presentation to 28 members of the community to explain the importance of Green Infrastructure and Rain gardens, as well as describe the volunteer roles needed during the project.

On May 12nd the site preparation was started with 5 volunteers and staff from the aforementioned landscaping companies which included removal of the sod and soil, and excavation to provide the correct gradient and slope to the garden. Scott’s compost was added to help break the clay and loosen the soil.

On May 19thwith help from 42 volunteers, the garden was finally planted. During the event, younger volunteers were encouraged to learn about pollinators and native species by making seedbombs with native wild flowers. The adults helped dig and plant 173 native shrubs, flowers, grasses and sedges. Scott’s mulch was then put in place.

Followup care has ensured the success of the garden: Visits have been made by Oakvillegreen to add extra mulch after rainfalls, and weeding and watering have been done when needed. The garden is growing thanks to volunteers from the Church and youth groups that continue to care for the garden.

St. Luke’s Church is delighted with the result and their community is proud of their environmental action to invite pollinators into their own backyard.

Andrea Rowe (HEN) educating some of our younger participants on native plants and pollinators

Oakvillegreen is pleased to have co-ordinated this community project with the help of many partners.

Sean James sharing his expertise and guiding volunteers