Lots of people are replacing exotic ornamental plants with rain gardens. Why? Rain gardens...
- Are good for the environment – they don’t need pesticides and fertilizers, which wash into local streams when it rains. They also help prevent erosion and flooding.
- Attract colorful birds and butterflies.
- Save you time – they don’t need much attention (and no mowing!).
- Save you money on all those pesticides and fertilizers you no longer need.
- Look great!
What is a “rain garden”? It’s a shallow depression filled with a special soil mix and native plants that like wet conditions. These gardens collect rain from hard surfaces – such as your roof or driveway – to slow and filter the water before it runs into local streams, eliminating pollutants such as fertilizer, car oil, road salt, and dirt.