Parkway Possibilities

This is an urban parkway in a residential neighborhood in Chicago. The plantings are native, except the Clematis and the tulips.

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Parkway in Andersonville neighborhood, Chicago.

There are several boulders that make great seats on a hot summer evening.

Weeding a couple times a year is all this type of landscape needs, as long as the Norway Maples are trimmed to allow some sun to filter in. This parkway is south facing, so it gets some sun.

Rain Garden – plants in!

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The Rain Garden was installed last fall, and topped with pine fines mulch for the winter.  This spring, we refined the grading and removed most of the mulch for use in other areas.

The soil at this site is extremely sandy, so standing water will be rare.  We installed native sedges in the lowest areas of the swale, and they should hold the sandy soil quite well.

Over the next few months, as the plants establish, we’ll introduce the downspout water.

CNT-West Garden…. ready for plants

Getting Ready for Water…….

The Raingarden Conveyance Channel  is being lined with river rocks.  The water from the roof will be piped to this lined channel, then will travel to the raingarden basin.  The conveyance channel is steeply pitched away from the building  to encourage the water to travel away from the building. The Channel is also lined with a geotextile fabric to reduce the ability of water to percolate into the soil and gravel along the building foundation.  The river rock lining holds the fabric and looks nice.

Getting Ready for Plants…….

Final grading was performed by raking the planting soil and sculpting it to the final grades. The planting areas were marked with inverted spray paint.  Native plant plugs will be installed by volunteers.  Pictures of the site planted are coming soon….

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