Save Rain in Gardens or Barrels
Rain Gardens are more than
just pretty places!
Rain gardens are an effective
way to reduce runoff pollution
and control local flooding and
erosion by keeping rainwater in
your yard and out of the storm
These gardens recreate a
forest meadow or prairie and can
collect about 40% more water
than conventional lawn.
Image courtesy iaswcd.org Location: rain gardens can be
placed in a naturally low-lying
area of the lawn, or along a road
Rain Barrels are an old-fashioned or driveway to catch runoff from
idea that are finding new life in paved areas.
today’s gardens. Did you know that Use native flowering plants in
one inch of rainfall on 1000 square your rain garden; once they are
feet of roof amounts to 623 gallons of established, your garden will need
water? At that rate, a 55 gallon rain minimal care.
barrel will fill up pretty fast! For information on how to
Rain barrels are an easy way to take create your own rain garden, visit
advantage of all that free water the Indiana Division of Soil and
falling from the sky; it makes sense to Water Conservation Districts at
save it and use it later for watering
the lawn and garden, or even washing
the car (on the grass, of course).
Some gardeners connect soaker hoses
to their barrels to make watering
effortless! To learn more about
making your own rain barrel visit
Image courtesy iaswcd.org
Brought to you by the MS4 Municipal Stormwater Community Partnership and
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission 6100 Southport Road Portage IN 46368
For more information contact Mary Beth Wiseman, Environmental Planner email@example.com