I never promised you a rain garden

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.

2 Comments

  • December 8, 2012

    RCH2005

    Love this idea! We have periods where our basement is dry for years, followed by times when every rain causes it to flood. Getting up every few hours to see if we need to pump it is no fun. I bet a rain garden would help!

  • December 10, 2012

    Jenn

    It’s definitely worth a shot! Be sure to plant the garden at least 10 feet away from the basement to avoid holding water near your house. And it might be helpful to plant a series of small gardens instead of a single big one.

    If you decide to go for it, send us a photo and we’ll post it on the blog!

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