Stormwater Rain Gardens: How They Work & Where to Place One

Changes made to stormwater and environmental regulations in the last several years have required homeowners to take measures to manage stormwater runoff from their house and driveway areas.

We think a well-designed rain garden can be both beautiful and functional.

Fulfilling stormwater runoff requirements can be achieved in a few ways, many of which are costly and not aesthetically pleasing. A rain garden can be constructed to keep polluted runoff out of our local streams and lakes. When they are planted with native grasses and flowering plants, they can also be a focal point of a beautifully landscaped property. Native plants will also provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

How a Rain Garden Is Built

Rain gardens are constructed by excavating approximately 12-18” and placing a high-quality topsoil amended with compost in the rain garden. The organic matter in the soil will absorb and hold runoff for the plants to use. Plants utilized in a rain garden should be types that can tolerate frequently wet conditions. When a rain garden is placed in the right location, with the right plants, it can be a benefit to the property and to the waterways that serve our communities.

Optimal Rain Garden Location

Rain gardens should be built in low-lying areas where water collects naturally or where pipes can be used to move water from downspouts to the rain garden. The plants in the rain garden will utilize the water, and the roots and soil will act as a filter to clean the water before it reaches local waterways.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about stormwater management? Let us know how we can help.

Call 717.845.3227 or contact us online.