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Rainwater Catchment in a Green Home or Business
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A rain garden (raingarden) is another way to renew water and turn storm water problems into landscaping assets. It does this by slowing run-off and allowing water to soak into the ground. Water is also cleaned by filtering through soil layers before it enters the groundwater system. Using plants in the rain garden accelerates soil drying between storms.
A rain garden is a depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas like roofs, driveways, and sidewalks or from saturated soils an opportunity to infiltrate the soil and be "reused." It is not a pond. but it is normally an artificial depression.
A rain garden requires an area where water can collect and infiltrate. Then simply adjusting the landscape so that water drains into this area may be all that is needed to establish a garden.
Native plants are recommended for rain gardens because they generally don't require fertilizer and are more tolerant of local climate, soil, and water conditions. Plants must be chosen which can tolerate "wet roots."
Plantings can also be planned to give year-round color to your landscape and provide a habitat for wildlife including birds, butterflies and other insects.
Because rain gardens are usually self sustaining, they can not only be designed for your individual yard but also be used as water conservation for an entire neighborhood or for a local park.
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