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Portland Rain Garden

Rain, we do get a lot of it in the Northwest, but the runoff from our houses and walkways can create some real environmental problems. Building a garden that can handle this runoff has become a hot topic for gardeners and landscapers. We caught up with an expert to check out one of his installations. 

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Alfred Dinsdale from Dinsdale Landscape Contractors (503-925-9292) took us to north Portland to walk us through the steps he took to build this beautiful garden.  First he figured out the amount of rainwater produced by figuring the square footage of the roof and other hard surfaces in the landscape.

Then he did a survey of the entire lot to find the lowest spot in the landscape. From there he worked with a designer to figure out ways of getting the water to the catch basin and plant material that would help clean and absorb the rain water. Alfred also told us about the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services who has programs to help homeowners manage and contain storm water runoff. If you have any questions about creating one of these beautiful and functional garden you can contact Dinsdale Landscape Contractors.

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