Are you looking to embrace 2023 landscaping trends and make a positive impact on the environment? Rain gardens can make a beautiful and eco-friendly addition to your outdoor space.
What Are Rain Gardens?
Rain gardens are not just a trend; they’re a smart way to manage rainwater runoff from your:
- Other hard surfaces
They are shallow, planted depressions that allow rainwater to be absorbed into the ground. This reduces runoff and improves water quality.
By integrating native plants and flowers, rain gardens become a haven for local wildlife and a stunning feature in your landscape.
Steps to Build a Rain Garden at Home
Choose the Right Location
Your rain garden should be at least 10 feet away from your home to prevent any water damage to your foundation. Look for a natural depression or a spot where water tends to collect in your yard.
Size and Shape
The size of your garden depends on the area of the surface draining into it. Typically, rain gardens are about 20-30% of the size of the runoff area. Their shape can be natural and free-form, adding a whimsical touch to your garden.
Ensure your site has well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging. If your soil is heavy clay, consider amending it with compost and sand to improve drainage.
Choose Native Plants
Select native plants that thrive in your local climate and can tolerate both wet and dry conditions. Native plants require less maintenance and support local biodiversity.
Planting and Mulching
Plant your selections at the same depth they were in their pots. Once planted, add a layer of mulch to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
Watering and Maintenance
Initially, keep your rain garden well-watered until the plants are established. Once they’ve taken root, they’ll generally take care of themselves, apart from the occasional weeding.