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Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?

  • Rain gardens are one of the simplest and most effective ways to “green” your landscape and manage stormwater.
  • A rain garden is a shallow, planted depression that absorbs the water that flows from your roof, patio or yard, allowing it to drain directly into the soil.
  • A rain garden will reduce stormwater pollution, replenish the groundwater supply and provide a self-irrigating landscape!
  • Why Build a Rain Garden?

  • Create an attractive and unique landscaping feature.
  • Slow down stormwater runoff and filter pollution.
  • Prevent runoff from polluting our local rivers and streams.
  • Create habitat for birds and butterflies.

    If you would like to manage rooftop runoff in your yard, but do not want to undertake the planting and maintenance requirements of a rain garden, a dry well is a simple and low-maintenance alternative.

    Photo: Roger Bannerman, Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources

    How to Build a Rain Garden

    Follow these Rain Garden Instructions to develop a rain garden on your own property.


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