Installing Your Own Rain Garden
Installing a rain garden can be a fairly simpleprocess, involving a shovel and a bit of physicalenergy. This manual will guide you through theprocess of building a rain garden on your ownproperty.The size and style of your garden will depend on anumber of factors including: the size of your yard,whether you are trying to create a formal or informallooking garden, and the amount of money you wantto spend.
Remember, you can never have a raingarden that is too large or too small!
Any size raingarden can contribute to solving local water qualityproblems and will be a beautiful addition to yourproperty!
RAIN GARDENQ & A
Is a rain garden a pond?
No. Rain gardens are not ponds. If properly designed, they should holdwater for a maximum of 48 hours
Will a rain garden attract mosquitos?
No. A common misconception of anywater feature near the house is that itwill attract mosquitos. Mosquitos needstanding water for 7-12 days tocomplete their life cycle. A properlyinstalled rain garden should not holdwater long enough for mosquitolarvae to complete their life cycle. Raingardens also have the advantage of attracting dragonflies, which arepredators of mosquitos. In short, a raingarden will not make a mosquitoproblem worse, and could possiblyimprove it by helping to eliminatestanding water.
Are rain gardens hard to maintain?
No. That is the beauty of using nativeplants in your rain garden! Native plantsare well adapted to their naturalsurroundings and do not requirefertilizers or pesticides.
Is a rain garden expensive?
It doesn’t have to be. If you purchaseplants, and do the work yourself, thecost will be about $3 to $5 per squarefoot. If you hire a landscapeconsultant to design, construct, selectplants, and install plants, the cost willincrease to about $10 to $15 persquare foot.
Common Milkweed is a popular rain garden plant species becauseof its ability to tolerate wet soil conditions. Here, one is visited by a female monarch butterfly.
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