With the go green mantra spreading in every nook and corner of the world, it is the moment to bring a revolution even in our homes. A rain garden is the excellent options for making a difference in water quality in our communities. A rain garden is a shallow depression in the ground, natural or man made, that is designed to hold rain that would otherwise turn into polluted runoff. According to studies, many of our natural water sources are polluted with runoff that comes from roofs, lawns, and driveways. While rainwater is filled with nutrients that are good for plants, it can become contaminated as it flows along dirty roadways or through storm drains. A typical home rain garden can be in one of two places: 1) near the house to catch roof run-off; or 2) further out on the lawn to collect water from the lawn, roof, and other hard surface areas.
Don’t put a rain garden: Within ten feet of the house so that water cannot seep into the foundation. Do not put a rain garden where water already ponds the goal of a rain garden is to encourage infiltration and wet areas are where infiltration is already slow. And do not put a rain garden directly over a septic system. In addition, rain gardens will thrive better in areas where they will receive full or partial sun.