Last year, Farmer Frog received a contract working with Earth Corps and the Sno-King Watershed Council to install rain gardens in the Swamp Creek watershed. The map shows the watershed area which originates near Paine Field (South Everett) and extends southeast under the freeway, toward Brier, eventually draining into Lake Washington.
If the term “rain garden” is new to you, a rain garden is a depression created in your landscape to allow rainwater from your roof or driveway to slowly soak into the ground instead of running off into the nearest stream or Puget Sound. Native soils are removed and replaced with a special blend of soil and then mulched with wood chips. , then mulched. Rain gardens are then planted with beautiful, hardy, low-maintenance native perennial plants, which can withstand drought and wet root conditions.