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Rain Garden Information
What is a rain garden?
A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants & grasses. It is located to receive runoff from hard surfaces such as a roof via a downspout, a sidewalk and driveway. Rain gardens slow down the rush of water from these hard surfaces, holds the water for a short period of time and allows it to naturally infiltrate into the ground.
Why should I plant a Rain Garden?
A rain garden can be thought of as a personal water quality system because it filters the runoff from your roof and lawn and recharges the groundwater. A properly constructed rain garden can capture and filter more than 40,000 gallons of stormwater each year! Additional rain garden benefits include:
- Lower maintenance garden/yard
- An increase in beneficial insects that will help eliminate those pesky ones
- Attracts pollinators
- Will help reduce small amounts of standing water which will in turn reduce mosquito breeding