Every year thousands of gallons of free water fall on our houses and properties. Many people think of it as something we need to “get off of our properties”. This is why many homes and buildings have down spouts that direct water onto pavement and then into the gutter where it flows away.
That rainwater is a valuable commodity. It can be used in a number of ways to help landscapes and gardens flourish. There are two basic ways to use rainwater: Rainwater Harvesting and Rain Gardens.
A rain garden is a depressed landscape feature that captures rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways or other hardscape surfaces then slows and cleans the rainwater runoff and allows it to sink back into the ground.
Rain gardens slow, spread and sink rain water into the soil, which is then used the following summer by landscape plants and trees. Rain gardens can be a low-cost, effective, and beautiful way to reduce the amount of stormwater run-off that may wash pollutants from your property into storm drains which then drain into our local creeks.
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Rainwater harvesting is a technique used for collecting, storing and using rainwater for landscape irrigation. The rainwater is collected from various hard surfaces, generally rooftop downspouts and stored for later use. This ancient practice is growing in popularity due to interest in reducing the consumption of potable water and the inherent qualities of rainwater.
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