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 ...
Low Impact Development Center Rain Gardens - templates for design
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
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