What is a “Rain Garden”?
Many homeowners are becoming aware of “Rain Gardens”. Sometimes they are required by the DES in order to obtain a permit for landscaping. These permits are often required if you live on waterfront property. If you are required to install a Rain Garden by the DES (or if you just want a rain garden in your yard), then here is a basic rundown on what a Rain Garden is. A rain garden is a garden which is designed to catch water (from stormwater runoff, downspouts, etc) in order to prevent erosion and protect the water quality of the lake. A rain garden should be shaped with a berm so that it catches and holds the water from the runoff source and allows it to slowly filter into the ground. It should be designed so that it will fill with a few inches of water during a storm. One of the gardens essential qualities is that it should be planted with water loving native plants. These plants will love the wetter conditions and help the ground to stabilize.
As development occurs in neighborhoods and on individual properties, it changes the natural water flow in the area. Increased stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces can become a problem which will carry pollutants and sediments into the water body. This needs to be addressed in order to maintain the health of the lake or stream. We all want clear, wonderful lakes and streams, so we must do our parts. This may include installing a rain garden on your property.
Not only are these types of gardens needed to control stormwater runoff, but they can be a beautiful way to add natural beauty to your yard. The birds and butterflies will thank you too. It is so important to be good stewards of the land and to help provide habitat for these creatures too.
If your landscaping project requires a DES permit, you will be informed if your property would require a rain garden or not. We can help you to design it and implement it. Then, you can sit back and enjoy all that a Rain Garden offers!