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Rain Gardens

A rain garden is a landscaped area designed to capture and manage rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, and sidewalks.

The purpose of a rain garden is to reduce stormwater runoff, prevent soil erosion, and promote the natural infiltration of water into the ground. It is an eco-friendly and sustainable landscaping solution that helps protect water quality and supports local ecosystems.

Rain gardens are ideally situated in a low-lying area where water naturally flows or where runoff collects. The location should allow for easy integration into the existing landscape. Rain gardens are typically designed with a concave shape to collect and temporarily hold stormwater. The design often includes a combination of native plants and other vegetation to enhance absorption and filtration.

Native plants are commonly used in rain gardens due to their adaptability to local conditions. These plants have deep roots that aid in water absorption and provide additional benefits such as habitat for wildlife and improved biodiversity. The size of a rain garden depends on the amount of runoff it needs to manage. Proper sizing ensures that the garden effectively captures and infiltrates the water without overflowing.

Benefits of Rain Gardens:

Water Quality Improvement: Rain gardens filter pollutants and sediments from stormwater runoff, promoting cleaner water in nearby water bodies.

Erosion Control: By reducing runoff and promoting infiltration, rain gardens help prevent soil erosion.
Habitat Creation: Native plants in rain gardens attract and support local wildlife, including birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

Aesthetics: Rain gardens contribute to the overall landscape aesthetics, adding beauty and diversity to the surroundings.

Rain gardens are an environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing way to manage stormwater runoff while promoting sustainable landscaping practices. They are often used in residential, commercial, and community settings as part of a holistic approach to water management.