Carex lurida – a ‘Must-include’ Raingarden Plant

Carex lurida in a drainage swale on a neighboring property. I have been involved in some aspect of the landscape industry my entire adult life. Along the way, I have encountered an endless world of plant species to discover and learn about. At this point in my career I have probably forgotten more than I […]

Mow and Blow, Oh No

Not unlike certain periodic check-ups at the doctor’s office, maintenance is an often unpleasant but necessary task for maintaining the health and performance of a BMP (Best Management Practice) facility. By this time of year, maintenance contracts should be squared away and the first maintenance visits should be in the works. For many of these […]

Let’s Talk About Pipe (Yay!)

There may come a time when you need a stormwater or drainage solution that requires sub-surface drainage i.e. pipes. Two kinds of pipe are commonly used in small scale drainage projects. Corrugated plastic pipe and rigid PVC pipe are comparable in material cost but differ significantly in installation cost and reliability. Corrugated plastic pipe is […]

The Case for High Mowing

A few years ago, the tenants in the rental house across the street from us let their kids have a yard sale. They set up a folding table with a sign in their front yard and spent a Saturday afternoon sitting at the table with the intent of selling some old toys that they no […]