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Rain Gardens

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Rain gardens are shallow basins that are planted with native plants and designed to capture and filter stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs and driveways. Rain gardens are an effective way to reduce stormwater pollution and protect local waterways.

One of the main benefits of rain gardens is their ability to filter stormwater runoff. As water flows into the rain garden, it is filtered through the soil and plants, removing pollutants such as sediment, nutrients, and heavy metals. This helps to improve the quality of water that flows into local streams, rivers, and oceans.

Rain gardens also offer a number of other benefits, including:

  1. Reducing erosion and flooding: By capturing and slowly releasing stormwater, rain gardens can help to reduce erosion and flooding in areas prone to these problems.

  2. Increasing property value: Rain gardens can add beauty and value to a property by creating a visually appealing and functional outdoor space.

  3. Providing habitat: Rain gardens can provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, especially in urban areas where green space is limited.

  4. Conserving water: Rain gardens can help to conserve water by capturing and storing rainwater for later use.

To create a rain garden, start by choosing a location that is close to an impervious surface such as a roof or driveway and has good drainage. The garden should be located at least 10 feet away from the foundation of the building. Next, choose native plants that are well-suited to the local climate and soil conditions. Finally, install a simple irrigation system to help keep the plants hydrated during dry spells.

Rain gardens require minimal maintenance, although it is important to remove any weeds or invasive plants that may pop up. With proper planning and care, rain gardens can be a valuable addition to any property and a great way to protect local waterways.

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