Seattle Residential: I Do That: Rain Gardens Help Keep Water Pure

Rain Gardens Help Keep Water Pure

Rain Gardens Make Sense

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How to build a rain garden.

You can make an important contribution to reduce the amount of storm water and pollutants coming from your property by incorporating rain gardens into your yard. They don't take much space and will add beauty, variety and value to your landscaping and home.

 rain garden construction

A rain garden acts like a native forest by collecting, absorbing, and filtering storm water runoff from roof tops, driveways, patios, and other areas that don't allow water to soak in. Rain gardens are simply shallow depressions that:

  • Can be shaped and sized to fit your yard.
  • Are constructed with soil mixes that allow water to soak in rapidly and support healthy plant growth.
  • Can be landscaped with a variety of plants to fit the surroundings.
Here's a detailed handbook prepared by Washington State University on how to beautify your yard, conserve water, and help protect our streams and estuaries from pollution.





Glenn Roberts



Comment balloon 3 commentsGlenn Roberts • March 22 2010 09:03AM


Glenn - Thanks for the post. i love gardens of all types, so this is useful information.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 11 years ago

I'm glad someone saw this. Rain Gardens make a lot of sense for keeping polutants out of the waterways.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) almost 11 years ago

Rain Gardens, along with rain barrels can do much to catch rainwater and recycle it. Water plants are also so pretty.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 11 years ago