Civil Engineering Chapter 17 Homework Seed Plug The Area With Grasses Native

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Homework Help
Book Title
Landscape Construction 3rd Edition
David Sauter
Exercise 17
Bioswale Construction
The objective of this exercise is to properly construct a
Locate all utilities before beginning
One application of the concept of stormwater deten-
tion is the bioswale, a gradually sloped drainage chan-
nel with shallow sides that are lined with plant material
and, in certain situations, rip-rap. The bioswale is used
To construct a bioswale, use the following steps:
Grade a channel with side slopes not exceeding
3:1 (3 feet horizontal to 1 foot vertical) and a
center line slope that is as gradual as the site will
allow (1% is desirable). The cross-sectional shape
of the bioswale can be either parabolic (curved)
Figure 17–1 Bioswale planted with native grasses.
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Exercise 17 Bioswale Construction 67
or trapezoidal (angled) (Figure 17–1). Ensure an
outlet exists at the end of the bioswale, sized to
allow drainage from the swale during periods of
heavy storms.
Place an erosion blanket or jute netting over the
area to limit erosion while the plant material cover
is being established. If the swale experiences high
volumes of water, the bottom may be covered with
a 4-inch rip-rap.
The plant material in the bioswale is only periodically
trimmed and is allowed to grow to full height to assist in
trapping sediment and slowing drainage.
Approximately 25 LF of 8 feet-wide erosion mat or
jute netting
10 lbs of seed (plant material will vary by region,
grasses that tolerate inundation with flood water
In the drainage area selected, grade and seed 20 feet
of bioswale using the cross-section shown below
(Figure 17–2).
Plugs (or seed) of flood
tolerant grasses
Erosion blanket
or jute netting
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