With Earth Day just a few days away we wanted to take the opportunity to show you how Rain Gardens can be incorporated into your property. Rain Gardens are natural landscape additions that can have a huge impact on preventing storm water run-off around your property. And with all of the rain and flooding we’ve already received this season; it can be a great addition to any landscape, particularly those that have existing drainage issues.
Rain gardens are essentially plant beds located in recessed or low-lying areas around your property. They contain wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, trees and other native plant material. So not only do they look great, but they actually help to filter rain water into the ground instead of pushing it into our streets and sewer systems where it will eventually pollute our waterways.
As stormwater travels through the rain garden, the plants help to filter out chemicals, bacteria and other pollutants, improving the water quality before it is returned to the ground or into our waterways.
We’ve created this handy plant selection guide to give you an idea on the types of plants that can be used in your rain garden. It is best to use native plants, but in some instances non-native species will work. But be sure to check with your local nursery or a professional landscaper first.
Another great resource is ClearChoicesCleanWater.org. They have tons of information on their website including planting plans, installation and maintenance resources, plant and soil suppliers, and much more. Should you have any immediate questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 317-575-1100.