Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the ground planted with native perennial wildflowers and grasses, which are beautiful, hardy and low maintenance. These lovely “pocket” gardens are designed to contain, filter and absorb storm-water runoff, like all Low Impact Development (LID) methods.
Benefits of Rain Gardens
Make use of problem areas by providing aesthetically interesting backdrop where there was once an ocean of turf.
Provide food and shelter for wildlife, birds, butterflies and beneficial insects as an oasis within the city, also creating natural pest protection.
Conserve precious water supplies and save money by thriving on drip irrigation in our dry climate.
Save money! At the McKinley rain garden, the city converted multiple turf sprayers to drip irrigation for the rain garden and sidewalk swale areas. This reduced water use from gallons/ minute to liters/ hour! The typical local household water bill is over 70% outdoor use.
Improve local and downstream water quality by reducing overspray from sprinklers, which often carries fertilizers and pesticides into the river.
Be a fun and easy project your whole family and community can enjoy.