Concept:

A rain garden is a great, low-tech method for collecting run-off. Simply put, a rain garden is a planting area that slowly absorbs run-off, helping to lessen the deluge that triggers a CSO.  Locating them is not difficult. Generally, they are planted where there is a slight dip in the landscape. Better yet, rain gardens may be established to capture water funneled through down spouts from an adjacent building. Planning a garden is not so much hard as it is strategic; special attention needs to be paid to the type of soil, for instance, so that it’s clear that it allows water to percolate.

There are bonuses: perennial native plants support a diverse ecosystem. One of them, milkweed, is free. Just harvest the dried pods and “seed bomb” the area. An added bonus: the caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly feed only on the beautifully fragrant milkweed.

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Concept:

A rain garden is a great, low-tech method for collecting run-off. Simply put, a rain garden is a planting area that slowly absorbs run-off, helping to lessen the deluge that triggers a CSO.  Locating them is not difficult. Generally, they are planted where there is a slight dip in the landscape. Better yet, rain gardens may be established to capture water funneled through down spouts from an adjacent building. Planning a garden is not so much hard as it is strategic; special attention needs to be paid to the type of soil, for instance, so that it’s clear that it allows water to percolate.

There are bonuses: perennial native plants support a diverse ecosystem. One of them, milkweed, is free. Just harvest the dried pods and “seed bomb” the area. An added bonus: the caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly feed only on the beautifully fragrant milkweed.

Resources:

 
 

Concept:

A rain garden is a great, low-tech method for collecting run-off. Simply put, a rain garden is a planting area that slowly absorbs run-off, helping to lessen the deluge that triggers a CSO.  Locating them is not difficult. Generally, they are planted where there is a slight dip in the landscape. Better yet, rain gardens may be established to capture water funneled through down spouts from an adjacent building. Planning a garden is not so much hard as it is strategic; special attention needs to be paid to the type of soil, for instance, so that it’s clear that it allows water to percolate.

There are bonuses: perennial native plants support a diverse ecosystem. One of them, milkweed, is free. Just harvest the dried pods and “seed bomb” the area. An added bonus: the caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly feed only on the beautifully fragrant milkweed.

Resources: