Rain Gardens are specially planted swales in the landscape that collect storm water runoff from impervious surfaces and allow it to slowly percolate into the ground aiding in groundwater recharge and flood control. This also significantly reduces the pollution we add to our natural lakes and streams. Most properties these days are graded to be as level as possible with little thought given to how that is effecting our environment. Usually these large flat yards are fertilized or treated for insects, those treatments are then washed into storm drains and eventually into our local water sources. Rain gardens catch the excess runoff, and the plants it contains then filter out those excess fertilizers and chemicals before they do damage to a local ecosystem. The attractive native plants we use in this method of runoff mitigation makes it a win-win for our clients and our environment.
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