Do you want to learn how to build a rain garden in Columbus, Ohio? Five Seasons Landscape Management understands the importance of keeping our freshwater free of pollutants and rain gardens are a great way for you to help the environment by growing plants at your home.
What is a rain garden? It’s a designated area where you plant native vegetation that will soak up the rain water runoff from your house or other nearby building. As the rain garden collects the storm water, it filters and absorbs the water into the ground. The plants, mulch and soil in your garden are able to break up the pollutants and make them inert, which means the water will not harm the plants in your garden.
Why build a rain garden? Did you know that freshwater is becoming increasingly scarce due to pollution and climate change? As cities and suburbs grow, replacing our forests and agricultural areas, polluted runoff storm water becomes more of a widespread problem. Rain gardens can reduce the amount of pollution that reaches creeks and streams by up to 30%. By maintaining a rain garden you are doing your part to reduce pollution and preserve our water systems.
The ultimate purpose of a rain garden built near your home, besides adding aesthetic beauty to your landscape, is to stop the runoff water from going into nearby storm drains where it can carry pollutants like oil, fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste, sediment and other things that shouldn’t be in our freshwater.
What can I plant in my rain garden? You can plant a variety of wild flowers and deep-rooted native plants and grasses. Make sure to position your rain garden near a runoff source like a downspout, driveway or sump pump to capture rainwater runoff and stop the water from reaching the sewer system. To give you an idea of the positive impact your rain garden can have, if you live on a quarter acre lot the annual runoff from your lot can be reduced about 25 percent.
If you live in an urban area and don’t have a yard, build your rain garden on your rooftop, driveway, parking lot or walkway. Any time you create an area where storm water is able to collect and soak into the ground, as opposed to flow into storm drains or nearby bodies of water, you benefit the surrounding community and the earth.
For more information on building a rain garden in Columbus, Ohio, and to find out which plants to use in in your garden, contact us today. If you’re looking for a landscape company for your home or business, contact the professionals at Five Seasons Landscape Management.