Rain Gardens

By: Creating Sustainable Landscapes, LLC  01/13/2015
Keywords: Rain Gardens

A rain garden is a shallow depression containing native plants that capture rainwater coming from roofs, driveways, streets, and lawns before reaching the stormwater system. The rainwater slowly infiltrates the ground because of the deep-rooted native plants that are utilized. Think of it this way: A rain garden is a three to six inch depressed perennial bed rather than the typically raised bed. And, rather than populating it with plants that prefer dry conditions, a rain garden is populated with floodplain native species that can tolerate both periods of inundation during wet times and drought. As a result, pollutants and peak volumes of water are kept out of natural waterways because it is filtered as it moves through the soil. In addition, by using native plants, rain gardens create habitat for pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife.

Keywords: Rain Gardens

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