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Rain Gardens and Bioswales

RAIN GARDENS - The rain gardens provide purposely placed low areas in the garden for water to collect and then percolate into the ground, which takes the pressure off of the local stormwater systems that the water would otherwise flow into. Along waterfront properties, rain garden systems allow for a place for the initial flush of water to collect during rain events, helping prevent pollutants from streets and hard surfaces from entering the adjacent body of water.

The rain gardens are filled with plants that can take alternation between wet and dry conditions that come about due to changes in temperature and precipitation throughout the seasons. In natural areas, these plants would be found in floodplains or low-lying areas at the bottom of a slope or swale that gravity would feed with runoff from rain or spring snowmelt.

Text Supplied by Taylor Beaufore. Beaufore Garden & Landscape.

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