Rain Gardens


Improve Your Yard and Protect Lake Michigan with Rain Gardens

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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Rain Garden Resources

Information and resources

How to Install a Rain Garden

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

Benefits of Rain Gardens

Gardening expert, Melinda Myers, explains the benefits of rain gardens

Selecting Plants for Rain Gardens

Melinda Myers offers a few of her favorite rain garden plants to help you get started.