Rain Gardens

Garden Flowers

Beautify your property while controlling stormwater runoff.

A rain garden is a landscaped area planted to wild flowers and other native vegetation that soaks up rain water, mainly from the roof of a house or other building. The rain garden fills with a few inches of water after a storm and the water slowly filters into the ground rather than running off to a storm drain. Compared to a conventional patch of lawn, a rain garden allows more water to soak into the ground.

By building a rain garden at your home, you can play a valuable role in changing these trends.

Environmental Benefits

Increase the amount of water that filters into the ground, which recharges local and regional aquifers

  • Help protect communities from flooding and drainage problems
  • Help protect streams and lakes from pollutants carried by urban stormwater – lawn fertilizers and pesticides, oil and other fluids that leak from cars, and numerous harmful substances that wash off roofs and paved areas
  • Enhance the beauty of yards and neighborhoods
  • Provide valuable habitat for birds, butterflies and bees