The Rundown On Rain Gardens

 

Rain gardens are quickly becoming a popular way of being more environmentally friendly at home.  Here’s a quick profile on this neighborhood green initiative.

What is a rain garden?

Rain gardens are planted depressions in the ground that collect rain water instead of having it run into sewage drains or stand in urban environments.  The garden is made up of plants and grasses native to the area.  Rain gardens take the otherwise wasted water and bring it back to the earth.

Where are rain gardens?

Rain gardens are found in urban and suburban areas that have a lot of constructed properties.  Rain gardens filter water away from paved surfaces and back to the ground and are often found at the edges of parking lots, driveways, flat roofs, and roadsides.

 Why should I have a rain garden?

Rain gardens are non-invasive and are beneficial to developed communities.

  • They help with flood control and draining issues by moving large amounts of water away from flat surfaces and handle water the street sewers cannot take.
  • Rain gardens increase the amount of water available to neighborhoods.  The water filters into the ground and is used to resupply local aquifers.
  • Lakes and rivers have become more polluted due to chemical and pesticide run off that gets washed away with rainwater into the sewers and into fresh water.  Rain gardens divert a lot of this polluted water and keep our natural water sources clean.
  • Rain gardens can actually be beautiful – wild grasses and wild flowers are much more pleasant to look at than garbage-riddled puddles.
  • They provide habitats for dragonflies, butterflies, and birds.  Rain gardens don’t attract swarms of mosquitos because the water doesn’t stand long enough to make it a viable environment.

Overall, rain gardens are creative solutions for residents and businesses alike that are looking to make a distinct environmental statement and help improve water quality within their communities.