Rain Garden and Rainwater Management
Rain Gardens are beneficial for multiple reasons, but the first and most apparent reason to install one is reducing flooding. Rain gardens are built similar to a saucer or bowl so that the water running downhill into them is captured. A rain garden is planted with moisture loving plants that will quickly absorb the water and return it to the water cycle. The mitigation of flooding is just the tip of the iceberg. The selected plants will also be beneficial to birds, butterflies, and bees. If designed correctly a rain garden will have four season interest and will add beauty to your property while being a functional piece of your landscape. Collecting the rainwater also reduces the impact of heavy rains on already distressed storm drain systems. The planting will also help sequester carbon emissions from vehicles, as well as other pollutants. Finally, a rain garden should be designed to be planted very densely so after the first year (or maybe two) the plants will shade out any weeds.
Erosion can be an obvious sign of rainwater run off problems, and many times erosion can be controlled by planting the right types of plants in the area. There are many other ways to manage rainwater that include swales, berms, and dry riverbeds that are specific to the site. If you are experiencing rainwater problems or erosion give us a call we would be happy to come out and take a look at your property and suggest solutions to fit your needs.