A rain garden could make sense on your property if it’s exposed to water runoff from downspouts, roofs, driveways or other routes by which melting snow or year-round storm waters drain.
Read on to learn how you can make a landscaping change that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the environment.
In simple terms, a rain garden is a collection of vegetation with naturally deep-reaching roots that’s deliberately planted in direct line to some source of storm water or spring melt waters. Instead of losing this water to normal forms of drainage, runoff and erosion, a rain garden utilizes this water.
According to the University of Connecticut’s Rain Garden website, you will likely want to water your rain garden with runoff from your house using a pipe from the downspout. Experts say you should find a spot at least 10 feet from your house for your rain garden if you have a basement, and make sure your garden is not close to the septic system, any wells or steep slopes. You also shouldn’t plant your rain garden in an area of your yard where water always seems to pond. Once you’ve chosen the perfect spot, it’s time to create your garden; ThisOldHouse.com offers step-by-step instructions.
Rain gardens can have multiple benefits to the environment — and to your property. The University of Wisconsin-Extension offers these examples:
When it comes to maintenance, Rutgers University suggests several steps. Some, such as pruning and weeding, are the same things you’d do to maintain any garden. But, there are a few other things to consider, as well.
No two rain gardens are identical, and neither are the costs involved with their installations. But, the Rain Garden Alliance says that the cost of a rain garden is on par with the cost of other perennial flower gardens. The organization’s calculator can help you estimate the costs.
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