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Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are taking “flower power” to the next level by keeping pollutants out of our local waterways. The native plants, grasses and trees used in a rain garden remove pollutants from rainwater runoff and allow water to slowly seep into the ground and evaporate into the atmosphere.

GOOD TO KNOW

Rain gardens have both flood and drought-tolerant native plants, grasses and trees. A top layer of mulch will keep the weeds out and improve water absorption and filtration. Rain gardens have many benefits. They:

  • Enhance the beauty of your yard
  • Diversify the plants in your yard
  • Provide habitat for birds and insects
  • Filter stormwater runoff before it enters local waterways

GOOD TO DO

If you are looking for a solution to the standing water on your property or a way to add more color to your yard and help improve water quality, then a rain garden is your solution! Here are the key steps to installing a rain garden:

Strategies

  • Strategically locate your rain garden by noticing where water already flows or pools. Consider placing it near your house to catch runoff from the roof or in another area of your lawn to collect runoff from other hard surfaces.
  • Select a variety of native plants, being careful to include both drought and flood-tolerant species suitable for our climate zone. Here’s a great list of rain garden plants to get you started.
  • Sketch out your garden design and plant placement, or work with a professional landscaper to create a successful design. Here are some simple rain garden plans you could consider for your yard.

ARE YOU A BAY STAR HOME?

We live in a beautiful region surrounded by water. It impacts everything from the food we eat to the fun we have as well as our economic livelihood. Our daily actions have a lasting impact and it's up to us to protect and restore our waterways. It takes a community of individuals making small changes to make a difference. Bay Star Homes is one way you can get involved in the effort to protect our region's most defining natural resource, water.

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