Rain gardens are beautiful landscaped beds that help to capture stormwater and allow it to soak into the ground. The garden is a shallow bowl planted with plants that don’t mind to get wet feet and help to filter out pollutants.
Why Should I Plant One?
We create stormwater run-off with our buildings, streets, and parking lots. When we drain our properties without caring where the water goes, our streams start to suffer. When a stream receives too much run-off too fast it will become muddy, develop eroded banks, and loose wildlife. In our urban areas, combined sewers discharge raw sewage into our Lake when they are overwhelmed by heavy storms. Rain gardens are a great way to reduce our run-off while creating curb appeal!
How Do I Plant One?
Rain gardens can be designed in all shapes and sizes to fit all soil types, sun or shade. Check out this Rain Garden Manual on how to get started. If you have questions, do not forget to give us a call!
Should I Be Worried About Mosquitos?
No! Rain gardens are designed to be dry in 24-48 hours or less after a storm. Mosquitoes need 7 days of standing water to reproduce.
How Do You Know They Work?
The Erie Conservation District has installed several rain gardens around Erie County. Even some of the staff have one! Not only to they help to reduce run-off, they also attract lots of wildlife like finches, frogs, turtles, butterflies, and even fox! But don’t just believe us, check out this study done in Burnsville Minnesota where over 90% of run-off was reduced in a small neighborhood street. Burnsville Rain Garden Project Report