It’s that time of the year again…
Time to get ready for heavy rains and do our part to improve runoff that would otherwise flow into and pollute our waterways and cause erosion headaches.
Stormwater that flows down driveways, streets and outside areas goes into a storm drain which flows directly to the nearest creek, fish and wildlife habitats, recreational bodies of water and drinking supplies. This water does not get treated and is polluted with many pollutants like motor oil, fertilizers, soapy car wash water, sediment from projects, litter and too many other pollutants.
With our creeks and waterways in mind, rain gardens are a natural and beautiful solution to reducing polluted runoff and helps in preventing erosion. They function to help slow down, soak up and filter polluted runoff from downspouts, driveways and other hard surfaces.
To start, directing rainwater from your roof to the rain garden is a feature designed to absorb more rainfall before it runs off your property while at the same time reduces the amount and speed of runoff which helps with the prevention of erosion. Next, planting native plants which adapt to local conditions and have extensive root systems making them more tolerant of the amount of water that comes in. The deep root system encourages infiltration and helps absorb nutrients. Then creating a berm, which holds water during heavy rains and redirects the water flow to your rain garden, preventing drainage issues elsewhere.
Rain gardens are easily maintained and benefit both people and the natural environment.
Our talented Landscape Designers and Civil Engineers can help design the perfect rain garden and analyze your grading and drainage plans for your yard or business. You can contact them at (707) 792-1800.