Do you dread rainy days because they often create a pond of water in your yard that doesn’t go away for a day or two? Well, why not put your yard to work by installing a rain garden in your yard that will help infiltrate and soak up all that water naturally.
If you’re not familiar with what a rain garden is, it’s simply a depressed area in the landscape that’s often planted with grasses and flowering perennials that collects rainwater from a roof, driveway or street and allows it to soak into the ground. They can be a cost effective and beautiful way to reduce ponding on your property. Rain gardens can also help filter out pollutants in runoff and provide food and shelter for butterflies, songbirds, and other wildlife.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a rain gardens and how to install one in your yard, please join the Friends of the Rouge this week for their free virtual “lunch and learn” series Rain Gardens 101.
This is a three-day event that’s being offered via Facebook Live at: https://www.facebook.com/events/596076387762341/.
The program runs daily, Tuesday, 8/25 – Thursday, 8/27, from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Shawn Keenan, City Planner