It's an attractive, landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don’t mind getting ‘wet feet.’ They are beautiful gardens, built in depressions which are designed to capture and filter stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways.
The benefits of rain gardens are multiple and include their ability to perform the following functions:
Maintenance of rain gardens is fairly simple. That’s the beauty of using native plants in your garden. Native plants are well adapted to their natural surroundings and do not require fertilizers or pesticides. If you purchase plants and do the work yourself, the cost will be about $3—$5 per square foot. If you hire a landscape consultant to design, construct, and select and install plants, the cost will increase to about $10—15 per square foot.
Lorain SWCD has Rain Garden Manuals for Homeowners free of charge at the office. If mailed, the cost for shipping and handling is $2.00. You can also download a presentation on designing, constructing, and maintaining a rain garden (2.6 MB).