Rain Garden Installation
Stormwater runoff from developed areas increases flooding, carries pollutants from streets, parking lots and even lawns. A rain garden is a landscaped area planted with wildflowers & other native vegetation that soak up rainwater mainly from the roof of a house or building. Rain gardens fill with a few inches of water after a storm, and water slowly filters into the ground rather than running off to a drain. Rain gardens work for us in several ways by increasing the amount of water that filters into the ground, which recharges local aquifers. When we are able to reduce stormwater runoff, rain gardens become a valuable part of changing trends.
Benefits of a Rain Garden
Rain gardens are important because as cities grow and replace forest and agricultural land, stormwater runoff becomes a problem. A rain garden:
Enhances the beauty of yards and neighborhoods
Helps protect communities from flooding and drainage problems.
Helps protect streams & lakes from pollutants carried by urban stormwater such as fertilizers, pesticides, oil and other fluids that leak from cars, numerous harmful substances that wash off roofs and other surfaces
Provides a valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and many insects
A rain garden allows about 30% more water to soak into the ground