Rain gardens can be an effective and environmentally friendly method of managing roof runoff or other storm water on your site. Rain gardens are landscaped depressed areas that allow infiltration of rain water into the soil. They may form temporary ponds during heavy rains, but their primary function is to allow water to infiltrate into the soil. Rain gardens as constructed by Drainage Masters are generally 12″ – 18″ deep and are sized according to roof runoff areal and soil infiltration rates. Some jurisdictions have developed their own specifications for Rain garden designs.
A Rain garden can be constructed in any shape depending on available space. Rain gardens are generally planted with plants that are water friendly, especially in the bottom of the Rain garden, where the most frequent ponding occurs. Some jurisdictions provide plant lists of preferred plants. Some Swale seed mixes containing Rushes, Sedges, Bullrushes and the like are available.
Rain gardens can be an effective, attractive and environmentally friendly way of maintaining your storm water.
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