DESIGNING A RAIN GARDEN

Rain Gardens are a creative way to collect and cleanse run-off water.  Among the most important aspects of the garden’s design are:  square footage, soil percolation, depth and choice of plants.

rain garden*Square footage of the garden should be 10% of the square footage of the area from which the run-off water is collected. (Are you collecting water from a slope in your yard?  A roof?  Both? Take acurate measurements.)

*The soil should have a percolation/absorption rate of half an inch to an inch of water per hour. This means that a garden with a six-inch depth (which is the recommended depth of a rain garden) should drain within 6 to 12 hours.

*Rain Gardens are best suited for perennial, native plants which can withstand times of drought and flood.

*Here’s a great list of rain garden appropriate plants:  http://raingardenalliance.org/planting/plantlist

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