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.
reduce potential of basement flooding.
improve or eliminate wet spots in yard
Raingardens are small ponds. BUSTED!
Raingardens breed mosquitoes. BUSTED!
Raingardens cost too much to install.
BUSTED! BUSTED! BUSTED! BUSTED! BUSTED!
For more information about Rain Gardens:
Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water has a great book and online resource for all things Rain Gardens.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has an especially informative page on Rain Gardens.
The University of Wisconsin Extension website features a wonderful guide called "Rain Gardens: A How-to Manual for Homeowners". You can download the PDF version.
Rainscaping.org - Imitating Nature with Rain Gardens
For a listing of Indiana Native Plants
Imitating Nature with Raingardens
What is a Raingarden?
where can a raingarden go?
A raingarden is NOT:
-A retention pond
-Designed to hold water for over 24 hours
-A haven for mosquitos