|Look for December 2013 "Did You Know" tips at links below|
- Agricultural Irrigation
- Crop Production
- Drinking Water
- Lakes / Ponds / Streams
- Lawn and Landscape Irrigation
- Lawns, Landscapes and Gardens
- Livestock Manure Management
- Policy / Law / Economics / Human Behavior
- Stormwater Management
- Wastewater - Domestic Sewage
- Water Basics (groundwater, surface water, hydrology)
- Well and Wellhead Management
You can reduce water runoff from your yard by planting a rain garden. A rain garden is a small depression planted to flowers and ornamental grasses. It is designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water that comes from a roof, driveway or open area. A rain garden is not a pond or wetland. It is dry most of the time and holds water after a rain. Water collected in the rain garden slowly soaks into the soil and disappears in less than 48 hours. Rain gardens are designed to be an attractive feature of your landscape. Because they are gardens, it may take a few growing seasons until plants reach maturity and develop the beauty you are trying to create.
A rain garden is a beautiful and functional addition to your yard. Beautiful because of the plants you grow, functional because it helps control stormwater runoff from your property. Take a look at the rain garden animation to see how a rain garden works, both above and below ground. Click the cloud icon to make it rain and watch the water flow. Click the sun icon to go back to dry conditions. Profile view shows you the below ground parts of the rain garden. Elevated view takes you back to the above ground view.
After viewing the rain garden animation, please come back and take a short (3 question) survey on the animation to give us your feedback.