Most 'wetlands in a box' design are for those areas where rainfall occurs every afternoon or every other day where there is a constant water input. They just won't keep the plants alive during Jacksonville's long, hot droughts.
|Florida Bioswale plants, Mentha spicata and Equisetum hyemale|
|Water is stored for reuse within the bioswale system|
The functional components are structurally rated for H-20 loadings and one could easily drive a vehicle across the system if appropriate design measures were taken.
The horsetail spreads through rhizomes under the rock (as does the more invasive mint - a must have for iced tea or mojitos) and contributes to the stabilization (horsetail is native in Florida).
Well into it's fourth year of service, the bioswale has become an integral part of extensive green roof design and function. For a look at another similar bioswale system we've installed here and is functioning well into its second/third year click here.