Water Pooling in Your Backyard? Try Planting a Rain Garden
On some properties, too much rain causes large pools of rain in your backyard causing a soggy mess that is difficult to do anything with. This situation can easily ruin your backyard BBQ plans for the summer because no one wants to stand around in soggy grass and dirt. Enter – THE RAIN GARDEN.
So What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a plant pond, a garden bed that you plant with special deep-rooted species. These plants help the water rapidly seep into the soil, away from your house and out of your hair. A rain garden receives water from hard surfaces such as rooftops, sidewalks, driveways and patios. The shallow depression of the garden holds the water so it can slowly infiltrate back into the soil as the plants, mulch and soil naturally remove pollutants from the runoff, which improves the quality of ground water. The rain garden’s intent is to reduce drainage but the environmental benefits are also a plus.
Your rain garden should be no closer than 10 feet from any building – including your home. However according to Rutgers University,” this does not preclude placing it in a location that is more befitting, and piping water to the feature.” You should keep both of these in mind when planning your rain garden.
You should know rain gardens are not new – in fact you have seem them may times before. Nature creates its own rain gardens in the form of vernal ponds, swamps or bogs, and even in some cases flood plains.
There are certain species of plants you must consider for your rain garden especially as it relates to your geographical location – such as considering native plants to your area. Check out the species Rutgers University in New Jersey has used in its rain garden here but remember to research about the species best suited for your area:
Before you begin, you may consider chatting with a landscaper or someone at your location garden center to learn more about native species of plants and helping you choose a location. In the meantime, if you want to learn more how to build a rain garden in your yard, check out the familyhandyman.com’s detailed explanation here: https://www.familyhandyman.com/garden/how-to-build-a-rain-garden-in-your-yard/view-all/
Rain gardens are a fantastic way to solve a nuisance problem in your yard while nurturing and protecting the environment by channeling rain water and runoff from gutters into a rain garden planted with deep-rooted, colorful native plants.