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How – and Why – You Should Build a Rain Garden

Build a Rain Garden

Rain gardens evoke images of flowering beds with gently waving grasses and fluttering pollinators, and that is why homeowners are finding these garden beds an ideal way to collect rainwater that runs off rooftops or lawns and channel it into something beautiful. The idea behind a rain garden – also known by experts as bioretention – is that it collects this excess water and allows it to soak into the ground rather than pool or create troublesome areas in a yard, says Dan Bailey, president of WikiLawn, a lawn and garden informational website based in Austin, Texas. “Rain gardens are nice because by holding onto the runoff water, it protects streams and other local bodies of water from having the polluted water, which poisons the local wildlife and poses a potential hazard to the people that live nearby. The vegetation essentially filters the water,” Bailey says. What is a Rain Garden? Rain gardens are typically described as a low, shallow area in a homeowner’s yard or landscaping that collects water. The water can come from a rainfall, diverted off a roof, splashing in from a driveway or running down the street. Lawn and garden experts tend to advise homeowners to install a rain garden if they have standing water or runoff areas. Rain gardens also have a secondary impact: They can provide food and shelter for wildlife, songbirds and pollinators such as butterflies. These rain gardens can be small and simple, something the homeowner designs perhaps with help from their local watershed coalition or agriculture extension office. Others can be complex structures that include drainage systems or amended soils – these bioretention areas benefit homeowners with what experts call green infrastructure that benefits outdoor life as well as a homeowner’s enjoyment of their yards. How to Build a Rain Garden. Experts says homeowners should consider where they put their rain gardens in terms of proximity to their homes. A rain garden should be at least 10 feet from a home’s foundation or a fence. It also should be at least 25 feet from septic systems and wellheads. The average rain garden is about 70 square feet, but you can go larger if you have the gardening skills and depending on how much water you need to corral. Aim for the rain garden to be 6 to 12 inches deep. The ground also should feature a low or depressed area to capture the runoff water you want to filter or recycle. Original Article

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