First, rain water is a resource, not a waste product. So why would we be in a hurry to send it to the lake, when our own gardens can benefit from the use of it? Fusion landscaping provides a place for excess rain water to travel vertically, through layers of aggregate and soil in your new garden.
Fusion gardens, above all, replace our need to move water off our property as fast as possible and instead utilize management systems that actually use the water. There are a number of things that can be done in addition to building rain gardens. By combining some of these proven techniques you may be able to reduce all the runoff from your property
- a) Rain Barrels
- b) Ponds
- c) Use Permeable Pavers
- d) Disconnect Downspouts
- e) Green Roofs
- f) Bio Swales
- g) Planting Native Plants
- h) Plant Trees
- i) Rain Gardens
Rain gardens, for instance, are created by lowering the grade of a yard to sequester rain water and grow plants that are suited to wet locations. When a rain garden in the spring dries out in the heat of summer, the selected plants thrive in heat and dryness. Yet, during a midsummer deluge, the same plants tolerate ground water, soaking it up and storing much of it for use during dry spells
What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a shallow, saucer-shaped garden featuring native perennial plants and grasses. It is designed to absorb storm water run-off from impervious surfaces such as roof tops, driveways and sidewalks. Rain gardens slow down the rush of water from these hard surfaces, allowing it to naturally soak into the ground. For every inch of rain that falls on a surface area of 1,000 square feet, approximately 600 gallons of rainwater is generated! Homeowners can help reduce the amount of run-off water flowing from their property by planting a rain garden. The garden should be positioned near a runoff source like a downspout, driveway or sump pump to capture rainwater runoff and stop the water from reaching the sewer system.
Benefits of Planting a Rain Garden
- Natural filtration of storm water run-off, protecting our local waterways from pollutants
- Slowly infiltrating water helps replenish groundwater supplies
- Can help solve flooding/drainage problems in your yard
- Reduces the amount of lawn you need to water, mow and maintain
- Add beauty and ‘curb appeal’ to your property
- Create habitat for birds and butterflies
- Reduce or eliminate the need to water with municipal water
- Reduce garden maintenance
- Sustainability and urban enhancement