Monday, March 22, 2010

Is A Rain Garden Right For ME?

Rain Garden Quiz

A rain garden is good for the environment. But does it work for you? 

A rain garden is both a rational choice and a philosophical one. Whether or not to install one really comes down to whether you want to make a personal, individual contribution to the environment, and whether a rain garden is a good fit for your landscape.

First, the rational questions:

  • After a storm, do you often notice standing water somewhere on your lawn?
  • Have you detected any soil erosion on your property?
  • Do you have a low spot that stays damp or wet, particularly located downhill from a downspout or concrete area around your house?

Then, the philosophical questions:

  • Do you care about the environment?
  • Are you aware of, and concerned about, the amount of water that flows from your property into the local storm water system?
  • Are you interested in a simple, low-cost way you can make a difference?

If you answered yes to one or more of either group of questions, a rain garden is a good choice for you, your community, and the environment.

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