Rain gardens are different from traditional gardens in that they are generally constructed on the downside of a slope on your property. Rain Gardens are shallow depressions designed to soak up water, support trees, shrubs and flowers that tolerate wet and dry conditions. They can be located near gutter downspout or places where water puddles.
Rain gardens are designed to collect rainwater runoff from the lawn, roof and/or the driveway. By absorbing the rain falling on your land, a rain garden can help reduce the storm-water runoff from dirt, roofs, driveways which contain chemicals that pollute our beaches, harbors, and estuaries. They typically drain within 48 hours. That means they will not be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Rain gardens are not water gardens or ponds. Compared to a conventional lawn, rain gardens allow for 30% more water to soak into the ground.
The best plants for rain gardens are native plants because they adapt to local weather conditions. Native plants require little or no fertilizer and provide a habitat for birds, insects and butterflies.
When native plants are used, your rain garden will not require pesticides or fertilizer. As the rain garden is establishing during the first and second year or during periods of little to or no rainfall, occasional watering of the plants may be necessary. Likewise, weeds will need to be removed while dead plants may need to be replaced. Once the plants in the rain garden have become established and grow larger, they will eventually out-compete the weeds.
You community will thank you for having a rain garden because rain gardens:
- Improve water quality by filtering out pollutants
- Are aesthetically pleasing
- Preserve native vegetation
- Provide localized storm water and flood control
- Attract beneficial birds, butterflies and insects
- Are easy to maintain after establishment
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