Dorsett Arabian Horse Farm Demonstration Rain Garden

169 Russell Mill Road
Swedesboro
NJ 08085

Dorsett Arabian Horse Farm Demonstration Rain Garden

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History:

The Dorsett Arabian Horse Farm rain garden was installed as part of the Stormwater Management in Your Backyard program that targets the suburban and rural communities in Gloucester County. The Stormwater Management in Your Backyard program is funded by a United States Deparment of Agriculture Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service National Integrated Water Quality Program under agreement number 2007-51130-03878. The Dorsett Arabian Horse Farm rain garden was featured in the Gloucester County Times website, the Courier-Post newspaper, and the Courier-Post website.

Type of Runoff Managed:

The rain garden was installed to divert stormwater from flowing onto one of the horse paddocks that eventually discharges to a stream. The stormwater begins as overland flow from a horse paddock adjacent to Russell Mill Road. It is then conveyed as a shallow channel through a dirt service road that has been eroded over time due to heavy flows and a steep grade. Water was diverted from the service road into the rain garden using a stone-lined swale.

Installation:

A rain garden with a surface area of 300 square feet and a depth of 6 inches was created in an area (between the service road and horse paddock) that was grassed lawn. Faculty and staff from Rutgers Cooperative Extension and approximately five Master Gardeners of Gloucester County were present for the installation of the rain garden in October 2008, which was approved by the Dorsett Arabian Horse Farm. Staff from the Gloucester County Soil Conservation District also provided in-kind assistance. A small front-end loader was used to excavate the swale leading into the rain garden. The native soil was high in sand content and therefore did not require amendments. The excavated soil was reused to create a berm along the outer edge of the rain garden, closest to the paddock fence. Triple-shredded hardwood mulch was installed (in a three inch thickness) on the rain garden and on the berm after planting. A stone-filled "overflow" notch was installed in the berm to help direct
water away from the horse paddock during heavy storm events. The swale was lined with 3-4 inch river stone. An auto-level was used throughout the project to ensure water properly flows from the service road into the swale and rain garden.

Plant List:

Arrowwood Viburnum
Blue Flag Iris
Blue Lobelia
Inkberry Holly
New York Aster
New York Ironweed
Silky Dogwood
Soft Rush
Sweet Pepperbush/Summersweet
Winterberry Holly

Maintenance:

The rain garden is maintained by the Master Gardeners of Gloucester County.

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