Grow An Eco Friendly Rain Garden
Key rain garden tips
- It's easier to grow a smaller, rather than larger rain garden.
- Rain garden sites located close to runoff sources are best.
- Rain gardens are designed to withstand moisture extremes and can hold up even when exposed to nitrogen (found in runoff water). See a poster that explains rain garden design.
- There are two basic types of rain gardens – under-drained and self-contained.
- Rain gardens are slightly depressed into the earth so that rain water may be better soaked up when it rains or storms.
- Water-friendly plants, or at least plants that can stand a bit more water are used in rain gardens.
- Water in a rain garden is stored via design. I.e. a rain garden will save water from a storm and use it over a few days.
- It helps to have slope to the land/yard for a proper rain garden, but it’s not a necessity. If needed changes to the land can be made - slopes added and such although a garden design pro is likely a good idea at this point.
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