Anyone Can Make a Rain Garden


If you’re thinking of adding a flower bed to your property, why not make it one that not only looks good…but also does some good for you and your neighbors?

Make it a rain garden.

Like a rain barrel, a rain garden is a place to collect some of the rain water that’s now going into the storm sewer system.

And that’s a good thing.

Because the more water you keep out of the storm sewer system, the more you reduce the risk of flooding in your neighborhood.

Plus, you now have a garden that waters itself with free rain water.

Rain garden basics

A rain garden looks like most other landscape features, but with a few key differences:

  • garden surface – the surface of a rain garden is gently dished out, like a bowl or saucer
  • soil mix – some of the existing soil is replaced with a special mix that is good at soaking up water
  • water source – water from a downspout is directed so that it flows into the rain garden.

Where you put your rain garden also is important. The particulars of your property – the slope of the ground, location of utility lines, and so on – will help determine the best location.

Good plants for a rain garden are native plants that can handle wet and dry conditions, like dogwood shrubs and daylilies.

Click here for a list of native Pennsylvania plants that work well in rain gardens

Click here for a Fact Sheet that answers basic questions about rain gardens

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