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RAIN GARDENS

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
 
 
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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
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More information on Rain Gardens can be found at Blue Thumb 

 

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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
http://www.plymouthmn.gov/index.aspx?recordid=1708&page=267

 

Let us know what your city is doing, we would like to add them to this list.

 

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