by Charlene Burgi
If the weather forecast is correct, we can expect a series of storms beginning this weekend that should help replenish our ground water and help fill the reservoirs. Hopefully you found time over the last few weeks to cover areas with cardboard that you want to keep weed-free and prepared rain gardens to capture the water coming from your downspouts before the expected two-week deluge.
If you haven’t done these projects, don’t despair. The storms will show you how the water behaves on your property. Watch for puddling, ponding and rivulets. See how you can divert collected rainwater into the garden and where you need to further amend and mulch areas to help slow the water down, spread it out and let it sink in rather than run off.
And speaking of rain, this coming week we are fortunate to have the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association present a three-day conference where you can learn from the pros. The first day is a general overview of capturing rainwater that would be appropriate for interested homeowners. The second two days are more specific for professional landscapers who want to earn a certificate in rainwater catchment design. It’s not too late to register. Please go to the following link: arcsa.org/conferences.html.