You can help protect our Land of Over 10,000 lakes and over 69,000 miles of streams and rivers. How? Plant a rain garden!
This is how it works: a rain garden intercepts water runoff from your property by forming a slight depression in your yard. A rain garden might look like this:
- Unmowed ‘lawn’ in a slight depression
- Concrete planter featuring plants that can survive wet and dry.
- Depressed gravel path lined with plants
- ‘Dry creek bed’ planted with native plants
- Native garden located in a low spot
- Garden that has more form and curb appeal by using rain garden tolerant plants
Here are several of the benefits of a rain garden:
- Reduce flooding by absorbing water from impervious surfaces
- Filter oil, grease, and toxic materials out of the soil before they can pollute waterways
- Help recharge water tables
- Provide beneficial wildlife habitat
More information on Rain Gardens can be found at Blue Thumb
Image credit: http://www.mother-natures-backyard.blogspot
If you live in one of these communities, there are resources available to help pay for your project – check the links below:
Eden Prairie Rain Garden Rebate
Eden Prairie Water Conservation Rebate Program – http://www.edenprairie.org/index.aspx?page=400
Plymouth Rain Garden Rebate
Let us know what your city is doing, we would like to add them to this list.
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