Due to underground utility lines and space constraints, the only location for this new device was at the waterfront.
|Beach litter collected for Hugelkultur|
|Waterfront site, BEFORE|
The design consists of two adjacent swales and berms. The level swales are filled with wood chips, which act as a sponge, collecting the stormwater and enabling it to percolate into the soil, interrupting its journey to the bay. The plant roots at the berms absorb this water as passive irrigation.
Installed in October, the upper berm was constructed as a hugelkultur, mounded with harvested beach litter (drift wood and seaweed) and covered with the soil excavated from the swale above. My client had already imported sand to make an artificial beach, and asked me to construct the lower berm as a dune.
|Berms and swales under construction|
|Before planting; after the first rain|
|Finished Rain-scape; swales filled with wood chips (winter)|
|Hugelkultur swales and berms with driftwood and beach litter|
Fall is a great time to plant because new plants can go dormant while their roots establish over the winter. There is no stress from hot summer temperatures or the need for daily watering. When spring comes the following year, plants stand of better chance of thriving without constant attention.
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