Rain gardens are specially designed to collect and purify runoff during a rainfall. They act like a sponge for water that would otherwise go straight into the storm sewer. As a form of bio-engineering, rain gardens are quickly becoming an essential part of Low Impact Development (or LID) designs for commercial and residential properties across the province. Some municipalities have even started offering subsidies and wastewater rebates as incentives to install them!
Why are they so awesome?
Rain gardens clean and slow down rain runoff from roofs, roads, patios, driveways and other hard surfaces before it enters the storm drain, and soon after, our lakes and streams. They help prevent flooding, improve lake water quality, recharge aquifers, and provide pollinator-friendly habitat. The more rain gardens in a watershed, the better for everyone! They're an attractive, functional and value-added landscape feature that you can feel great about.
Having a rain garden professionally installed ensures that its location, square footage, and depth are all correct based on the grades in your yard and the specific areas of roof, yard and/or paved surfaces that are being drained. River rock swales or downspout extensions may be incorporated into the drainage plan. Careful attention to leveling, soil composition, compaction prevention, plus species selection and placement within the garden is required for it to function properly. Let us assess whether a rain garden can be added to your property to harness all that water with beautiful results!