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Planting a rain garden: How storm runoff can work for you!

Planting a rain garden: How storm runoff can work for you!

This is a great time of year to start planning your garden spaces. Have you ever thought of capturing storm water from your yard to use in a beautiful garden?

Now may be the time. It turns out that rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30 percent, according to Earth Gauge.

"A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from artificial urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways and lawn areas to be absorbed," explains Earth Gauge's materials. "This reduces runoff by allowing storm water to soak into the ground rather than flowing into storm drains and surface waters."

Capturing storm water in a rain garden helps to reduce erosion, water pollution and flooding in our local creeks and streams, while also replenishing groundwater supplies. Rain gardens help fish and wildlife by protecting streams and rivers from pollutants carried by urban storm water like lawn fertilizer, pesticides and car fluids.

Trout Unlimited
suggests these tips for building rain gardens: