Rain Gardens


Improve your Yard and Protect Lake Michigan

Rain gardens help reduce water pollution by collecting rain mainly from roofs, driveways, or other hard surfaces, and absorbing the water into the ground naturally. They are typically planted with wildflowers or native plants that have deep roots, which help to soak up more water. They can be placed near downspouts on homes (although away from building foundations and sewer laterals), and offer many benefits including:

  • Beautifying your yard and neighborhood;
  • Helping protect our streams and Lake Michigan from pollution by reducing stormwater runoff;
  • Reducing the risk of flooding and drainage problems;
  • Providing habitat for pollinators and birds.
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How to Install a Rain Garden

It's quick and easy to install a rain garden, this video will show you how.

Rain Garden Installation

Benefits of Rain Gardens with Melinda Myers

Check out this video with gardening expert Melinda Myers to learn about the benefits of planting a rain garden and how rain gardens can help the environment.

 

How to Select Plants for a Rain Garden with Melinda Myers

When it comes to choosing plants for your rain garden, you can be overwhelmed by the options. Gardening expert, Melinda Myers, offers a few of her favorite rain garden plants to help you get started.