What is a rain garden?
Rain gardens, quite simply, are gardens that soak up rain from your roof, driveway, sidewalk or yard. They are slightly different from your typical flower garden.
Rain gardens are planted with wild flowers and deep-rooted native vegetation, which helps the ground soak up more water. They are typically placed near downspouts on a home to capture water, so the runoff can gradually soak into the ground.
Why should I install a rain garden?
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, rain gardens can absorb 30 percent more water than a conventional, well manicured, lawn. By directing the water into the ground, we're protecting our rivers and lakes from pollution while cleaning stormwater at the same time.
Rain gardens provide the following benefits:
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