Rain Gardens

To conserve water and maintain water quality, homeowners can make their yard into a rain garden.  A rain garden is where roof runoff from rain and snow is collected and directed to garden plants.  Rain gardens usually contain wetland-edge vegetation, such as shrubs, ferns, trees, rushes, and sedges, which absorb water very well.  These absorbent plants keep runoff from washing pesticides and fertilizers into the sewer system.  A rain garden can save water, reduce the necessity of pesticide and fertilizer use, and prevent flooding of storm drains.

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