Rain gardens can help avoid home flooding

If heavy rains cause flooding in your home and lawn, you may enjoy the natural and beautiful solution of a rain garden. These low-maintenance gardens house native wetland and wet-prairie wildflowers that help gather and filter rainwater into the underground aquifer. Aside from being an eco-friendly flood prevention technique, rain gardens are beautiful additions to any yard that require minimal upkeep once they are established.

Starting your garden

You may need to do a little research to learn which plants and configurations are best for your soil, but some common rain garden plants include wild bergamot, dogtooth daisies, prairie blazing star and purple prairie clover. You should place your garden at a low point in your yard 10 feet or further from your house. Dig a shallow depression and begin planting native seeds. Point your gutter downspout toward the garden to ensure that it saturates the garden with water. If there is no rain when you get your garden started, you will want to water every other day for the first few weeks.

Maintaining native plants

Weeding will be necessary when plants are beginning to grow, but as the native seeds take over, they will serve as natural pest and weed control. You do not need to do much else to keep your garden alive aside from mowing in the spring. You can also control your garden with controlled burning, which encourages better plant growth as rain comes.

Understanding the benefits

While protecting your home from flooding, rain gardens repurpose rainwater by allowing it to be properly absorbed into the ground. Your garden will also provide you with excellent scenery and a haven for native fauna—including dragonflies that hunt for mosquitoes.

Great Impressions can help you plant a rain garden at home while manicuring your entire landscape with eco-friendly green solutions. To learn more about the green initiatives of Great Impressions set by owner, Jeff Sebert, visit their website or call 630-955-9017. 

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