Rain Garden

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A Rain Garden is a shallow depression that is designed to collect water runoff from a roof, sidewalk, driveway or other surface.

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Photo Credit: LandStudies, Inc.

A rain garden is not complete unless it is planted with native plants, which help to soak up water and remove pollutants.

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A Rain Garden helps the environment and you by:

  • Reducing the amount of watering and maintenance in your landscape.
  • Reducing stormwater runoff and nutrient pollution.
  • Reducing localized flooding and improving drainage.
  • Enhancing infiltration to reduce flooding and promote groundwater recharge.
  • Creating habitat for birds, bees, and other wildlife.
Photo Credit: LandStudies, Inc.
Photo: Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District

Rain Gardens provide a more natural approach to conventional stormwater management. A rain garden is most successful with native plants suited for both wet and dry conditions. This allows for a greater success rate of plants that thrive in the local climate. Consider installing a rain garden at your home or business to capture runoff and naturally treat the stormwater. Rain gardens offer a practical, beautiful way for individuals to contribute to our collective water quality efforts.