Rain Gardens

Are you looking for home garden design ideas which will have a positive flow-on effect to the environment? Build a rain garden!

A rain garden is a specially designed garden bed that takes rainwater directly from the roof or any large, outdoor surface area that produces 'runoff' water. The garden bed allows the water to soak into the ground instead of flowing into storm drain. By doing this you will help protect the animals, plants and fish who rely on healthy waterways for their survival.

Rain gardens do two things. They keep rainwater on site longer, so it's available to plants and to revitalise the soil. Most importantly, you can help to slow the rate of stormwater entering our rivers and creeks while also filtering out pollutants, excess nutrients and chemicals that normally build up on these surfaces in urban environments.

Easy to maintain, rain gardens are self watering especially if planted with native, drought tolerant plants. Native plants are recommended because they generally do not require fertilizer and are more tolerant of the local climate, soil, and water conditions, and attract local wildlife such as native birds.

Any area, regardless of soil type and slope, should be suitable. They can be built above ground as well as in ground, so those people with heavy clays may find above ground ones easier to install.

It's important to get good advice on construction. If the rain garden becomes a soggy garden, then it's not working properly. They should be fairly free draining, so even major rain events should drain away within a day. Rain gardens placed too close to a building must not have any potential to cause damage.

Installing a low maintenance garden, such as a rain garden and by implementing these small backyard landscaping ideas, you can make a serious difference to your local environment and contribute to healthy waterways. 

For more information, join in one of our Green Event Rain Garden workshops.