Planting a rain garden reduces pollution while giving you a garden that is easy to maintain and needs little or no watering. A rain garden on your property can conserve water and help protect our waterways at the same time. All you need is a little imagination and some space on your property to build a rain garden.
A rain garden receives stormwater runoff water from roofs or other hard surfaces such as driveways and holds or slows the runoff water so that it can soak into the ground, instead of flowing into a street and down a storm drain. The plants, mulch and soil in a rain garden combine natural physical, biological and chemical processes to filter and help remove pollutants from runoff. Rain gardens not only filter runoff, they also provide a beautiful addition to your garden that can attract birds and butterflies.
While an effective rain garden depends on water infiltrating into the soil of the garden, water should stand in a rain garden no longer than 24 hours after the rain stops, no more. Mosquitos cannot complete their breeding cycle in this length of time, so the rain garden should not increase mosquito populations at all.
Constructing a rain garden is fun and easy, but requires some shovel work. Click the links below to learn the step-by-step process of creating your own.
How to build a rain garden
Video instruction about building a rain garden
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