How To Design Rain Gardens


How To Design A Rain Garden

Rain gardens help in the betterment of the environment. Rain gardens are planting that you do in the lower areas of your garden or yard. This can either be the decline on your property or you can change the gradation that you have applied in your landscape. You use native plants that are adapted to the moist conditions. Note that water-hungry plants are not used in rain gardens. Rain gardens are made in the depressed parts of the landscape. The depression helps in storing water that does not escape, particularly in the urban areas where the water does not flow through the way it does on roofs, parking lot, and walkways.

Benefits Of Rain Gardens

A rain garden helps to prevent pollution. Most run-off water is not pure and collects pollutants particularly nitrogen and phosphorus. These pollutants that get collected harm rivers and ponds. It causes algae blooms and kills fauna. These rain gardens protect your house from flooding. The rain garden plant of the mature type takes the excess water and prevents puddles in your yard that, in turn, lead to the obstruction of water in your home. There will be less chances of mosquitos breeding near your area when there is no standing water. Rain gardens create a home for wildlife. While a monoculture that is usual on lawns does not help much in the nourishment of wildlife, any mixed planting will attract butterflies, bees, insects, and birds.

How To Design A Rain Garden
How To Design A Rain Garden

Rain gardens help to clean stagnant water. The plants that prosper in rain garden do not need supplemental irrigation since they have deep roots that are developed to survive droughts.

Shape, Size and Site

If you are planning to route water from roof gutters to the rain gardens, you will obviously not want the rain garden to be far from your place. Underground resources and the roots of the trees also influence the site selection. If you don’t have a natural depression, then you can create either by manual digging or by using an excavator. A basin of about 5 inches deep is sufficient. The basin should be flat-bottom with sloping sides.

A small garden is good but you should plant the garden that should be about 150 square feet. Here you can include different types of plants.

It is better to choose a natural, round shape for your rain garden.

Care And Maintenance

How To Design A Rain Garden
How To Design A Rain Garden

The rain garden may need more care during the first year as plants begin to set up their root systems. During droughts, water the plants deeply but not very frequently for correct development of healthy roots. For both the plant’s health and the aesthetics, it is important to keep the plants free of weed. Though the rain garden has low maintenance and does not require maintenance that as the flowerbeds, it does need the same amount of good care.

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