Rain Gardens

A rain garden is a shallow depression that contains loose soil, mulch, and sometimes stone, and is planted with native plants.  As the stormwater soaks into the ground, physical and biological processess remove pollutants and nutrients. Native plants in rain gardens are adapted to local conditions, need little maintenance and water, and no fertilizer or pesticides.  They are beautiful and provide wildlife habitat.

Make Sure you know the facts! 

  • Rain gardens are not wet ponds. 
  • They are designed to drain within 24-48 hours after a rain storm.
  • Rain gardens do not breed mosquitos. 
  • Rain gardens require seasonal maintenance similar to traditional landscapes.

Learn More ...

Rain Gardens Across Maryland

AA Co Rain Garden Page

     University of Connecticut Rain Garden App

Low Impact Development Center Rain Gardens - templates for design

     Mulch Calculator

     The Native Plant Center - search native plants in the Chesapeake Region

     Native Plant Resources

     Step by step videos: http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/topics/how-you-can-help/rain-gardens

For a list of contractors, please visit WSA's Connect and Collaborate page

When looking for a contractor:
           1.  Ask for references (You want to be sure that the work they have done was                          completed in a timely manner, at a sufficient level of quality, within the                                  contracted price)
           2. Ask to see completed work done by the contractor
           3. Approach at least 3 different contractors for quotes(You want to have a good                      understanding of the market to ensure that you are getting a reasonable quote)
           4. Ensure your contract includes plans, costs, and timelines
           5. Your contractor can find more information about installing this practice in the                      

For information on funding your project, please visit our Resources Page to view our Grant Assistance Cheat Sheet