Put your WaterSaver Landscape coupon to work doing double duty by using it to create a rain garden.
When you dig up your grass dig a little deeper, creating a slight depression with gradually sloping sides. Locate the garden in a place that will intercept runoff from your patio, driveways or other impervious surfaces on your property. The idea is to capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the ground before it has a chance to drain off your property.
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Anytime you slow down run-off with vegetation this helps mimic the original function vegetation performs in the natural environment, namely acting as a buffer filtering out pollutants before they ever have a chance to enter creeks or streams.
In urbanized areas, vegetation is often displaced by roads, sidewalks and other surfaces that do not perform this important function.
The use of rain gardens in home landscapes is more common in other parts of the country. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be the first on your block to install a rain garden — and help protect our watershed.