A rain garden is a depressed area landscaped with perennial flowers and native vegetation. They are strategically located to capture the runoff off from impervious surfaces like roofs and driveways, allowing the rain to infiltrate the soil and return back to the groundwater. They protect water quality, prevent soil erosion and help reduce storm water runoff. Wayne Peterson and Paul Miller from the National Resource Conservation Services stopped by to show us how to build a rain garden. For downloadable information including guides, plans and everything you would want to know about installing a rain garden, visit the NRCS website here
. Helpful information available to all! Below is a walk-through of the process for the elevated rain garden that we demonstrated in this episode.
Retaining wall blocks
Plants native to your area
Perforated plastic drain tile
Dibble, if planting plugs
String to mark designated location