Need To Slow The Flooding? Plant A Rain Garden! And Here's How
Rain garden (it should not be confused with Gardening in the Rain) is an interesting concept. It not only increases your gardening beauty but also helps in water preservation. Here in this article I want to give you an brief idea about this concept.
What is a rain garden?
Rain garden refers to a garden which takes the advantage of the water from the rainfall in growing plants. The garden is designed to withstand a great level of moisture and concentration of nutrients. It gave the run off water the opportunity to slow down as it go downhill and thus reduces its erosive power. Rain garden looks as like any other garden from outside but the speciality lies in the fact that it gets its water from the runoff and what happen after the water enters the garden. The rain garden is a shallow depression in your backyard with absorbent yet free draining soil and it is planted with vegetation. It acts as a personal water quality system as it filters the waste water of the roof and other hard surfaces and recharges it.
Why should I plant a rain garden?
The main purpose of having this is to receive the run off water from hard surfaces like roof, sidewalk etc. By having a rain garden you will do you little bit to preserve this invaluable natural resource called water. It increase the scenic beauty of the garden and protect streams and lakes nearby from pollutants and also help reducing flood. It holds water for quite some time and thus provides a natural habitat for Birds, Butterflies and many other beneficial insects. It also helps in reducing your water needs by recycling the waste water. So you would have lesser municipality water requirements.
How to build a rain garden?
Building a rain garden is very easy and is not at all expensive. The first thing to do is to choose a spot to prepare the garden. It can be near the house if you only want to collect roof runoff or can be a little further in case lawn water is also in your plan.