Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens help reduce roof rainwater runoff and improve water quality...

 

What's a Rain Garden?  

 

A Rain Garden is NOT a garden that has standing water, even though its name kind of sounds like it.

Rather, Rain Gardens are gardens that contain flowering plants and grasses (preferably native species of both) that can survive in soil soaked with water from rain water.  

  

Rain Gardens are attractive additions to your yard, and they collect and slow stormwater run off and increase its infiltration into the soil.

By helping reduce the rapid flow of stormwater from homes and businesses to storm drains, Rain Gardens protect streams, rivers, and lakes from pollutants that are washed from house roofs.  

 

Rain Gardens...  

  • reduce potential of basement flooding.

  

  • improve or eliminate wet spots in yard

myth's

  1. Raingardens are small ponds.  BUSTED! 

  2. Raingardens breed mosquitoes.  BUSTED!

  3. Raingardens cost too much to install.

 

BUSTED! BUSTED! BUSTED! BUSTED! BUSTED!

Stormwater Runoff

Reduce the amount of household or business stormwater and associated pollutants to area streams and lakes-improve local water quality. Up to 70% of pollution in streams, rivers, and lakes comes from stormwater runoff!

home

Provide a low maintenance, attractively landscaped property with minimum cost.

Butterfly & Bee

Increase habitat for beneficial insects, butterflies and birds.

Bee

Increase habitat for beneficial insects, butterflies and birds.

For more information about Rain Gardens:

 

For a listing of Indiana Native Plants

Before and After

Rain gardens are an extremely effective way to reduce water pollution. Rain gardens act like native forests, storing, filtering and releasing cool, clean water to streams and rivers. Studies have shown that streets with rain gardens can stop 90 percent or more of the pollutants running off of roads, driveways and other hard surfaces.

Imitating Nature with Raingardens

What is a Raingarden?

What is a Raingarden?

Raingardens are gardens planted in a depression, designed to catch rainwater runoff and contain plants that don’t mind being wet or flooded for a short period of time (less than 24 hours).

where can a raingarden go?

along driveway

From Your House to the Street…

Raingarden

Along a driveway…

Raingarden

Along a Sidewalk...

roadside_rain_garden

At Your home...

Raingarden

At Your Business...

Raingarden

In a Parking Lot...

A raingarden is NOT:

 

-A retention pond

 

-Designed to hold water for over 24 hours

 

-A wetland

 

-A haven for mosquitos

St. Joseph County Soil & Water Conservation District Plymouth Service Center 2903 Gary Drive, Plymouth, IN 46563 Phone: 574-936-2024 Ext. 4 Fax: 855-496-7861. Please direct comments or concerns to info@stjosephswcd.org or call 574-936-2024 Ext 4.

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