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Apr 26, 2012

Creating a rain garden to save water

You have probably heard about a rain garden but do not know exactly what it is or how to create one. Rain gardens are excellent options to save water and leverage rainwater flows that target soils that are lower than normal level, as shown in the picture.

In this article you will know how to plan a rain garden and what type of plants you can plant there so that these do not die from excessive moisture.

A rain garden is like any other garden but with some caveats. First you must choose the place well. The place must be one whose soil has good drainage so that rainwater does not get stagnant. It must also be in a place where rain comes as a stream for example the side of a street, sidewalk, at the entrance of the house among others. So that the rainwater comes well to your garden this must be located downhill compared with a high surface. To begin the design of the rain garden you can choose a place in your yard. If not there maybe you can dig a little to achieve a lower floor and make a channel that reaches the rain garden area. Try to start in the garden is small, although a rain garden can be any size.

Another place where you can place the rain garden is on the slope of a roof. Usually the rain falls through the roof, so it is good calculating the garden so as to absorb the water.

As noted above, the soil should have good drainage, so do not you design your garden in a place where puddles and last days.

What kind of plants you can plant a rain garden? It must be moisture-resistant plants. Some of them are wild Rye, Poppies, Sedge, Lobelia, Mugwort, foxtail. The best practice, according to experts is to place young native plants (or seedlings) for these more resistant environment.

There are many advantages in a rain garden. Among which it include: water saving, greatly reduces problems of flooding and standing water in pools, water for plants is clean and free natural salts and minerals that can harm them, among others.

Certainly, having a rain garden is not only a beautiful decoration in our home and an attraction in the neighborhood, you are also helping to maintain the ecological balance.