Spent the last two days in a wonderful class at Auburn University, becoming certified to plant rain gardens. Rain gardens are beautiful, low-maintenance areas that capture stormwater, allowing it to seep back into the ground within 48 hours instead of racing down the street into a stormwater drain.
If you can collect that first inch of rain from your roof and yard, known as the first flush, you’d be amazed at the amount of fertilizer, pesticide, bacteria, and motor oil that’s kept out of our streams and rivers. Those rain garden plants are work horses that act as natural filtering stations, so the more of us who have them in our yards, the better.
If you’re curious to learn more, go here. And if you live in Georgia or Alabama and would like advice on how to design one, drop me a note in the comment section.