EDUCATION & ACTION
Low Impact Development: Rain Gardens
What is a Rain Garden?
Rain Gardens are designed and built to collect and infiltrate stormwater. They can be adapted to smaller residential and commercial properties and add a lovely landscape amenity while providing water quality benefits. Rain Gardens look similar to a landscaped garden on the surface, but underground they are very different.
During construction, 12 to 24 inches of the existing native soil is replaced with a spongy compost soil mix that holds and absorbs the stormwater. The plants are carefully selected for the rain garden so that they prefer growing in both very wet conditions and dry conditions. Rain gardens come in all different shapes and sizes. The addition of an attractive rain garden to your landscape can make a big difference for stormwater runoff, while also attracting wildlife and increasing your property values.
Interested in Building a Rain Garden?
Free rain garden workshops are offered annually through the local Stream Team Program. Visit www.streamteam.info and click on the calendar for upcoming dates, or contact the Native Plant Salvage Program at NativePlantSalvage@gmail.com or by calling (360) 867-2164.
Highly trained, volunteer Stormwater Stewards are on hand to complete free site consultations to assist you with evaluating stormwater improvement options, including rain gardens, on your property. Please contact the Native Plant Salvage Program at NativePlantSalvage@gmail.com or by calling (360) 867-2164.
Read about how to build a rain garden in your yard by downloading a printer-friendly PDF copy of Washington State University/Pierce County Extension's: Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington Homeowners.