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Bioretention Pond

Bioretention Pond

Bioretention ponds are a sophisticated feature of rain gardens.
Drawing of bioretention zone layers by Gregory Peters, company president at Jessecology Eco-Landscaping.

A bioretention pond is essentially a sophisticated feature of rain gardens. Not every rain garden needs a bioretention zone. Many rain gardens can exist in blissful simplicity. But on sites with serious drainage issues, large quantities of water, it may be necessary to do some excavation work. Layers of different sized strata help with drainage beyond the native wetland plant water metabolism power.

Bioretention ponds are an optional feature to build into rain gardens.
Our 800 square foot rain garden has 50 sq ft of bioretention pond zone construction.

As we’ve said before: “Rain gardens are the future of stormwater management. Imagine a system that harnesses nature to re-engineer a site to capture and sequester toxic runoff before it even starts. And habitat restoration with native plants for butterfly + pollinator gardens are part of the package? Rain gardens are the answer to many of the “wet soil problem area” questions.” Bioretention zones become a necessary part of the planning when a site has standing water for more than 7 days as a regular occurrence.

Bioretention zones are a really functional addition to standard rain gardens.
The bioretention zone will correspond with the wettest part of the rain garden. And so, true wetland obligate plants can be planted in this area.