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Rain garden

Rain gardens are shallow depressions that capture and treat stormwater naturally. They can be planted with trees, shrubs, and flowering plants. Photo courtesy of the EPA.

This website was originally developed by Charlotte Glen

Your yard can do more than just beautify your home – by adding a rain garden to your landscape, your yard can also serve as a first line of defense in protecting local water quality. Rain gardens are attractively landscaped shallow depressions designed to capture rainwater so it can soak into the ground, allowing plants and soil to remove nutrients and pollutants the way nature intended. Planting rain gardens with moisture tolerant native species that provide nectar and pollen for birds and pollinators will also increase your yard’s wildlife habitat value.

Review slides from the workshop:

Learn more about creating a rain garden:

Search for plants adapted to your landscape:

 N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Plants Database

Learn more about water quality and managing stormwater in your landscape:

Learn more about soil testing.

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Matt Jones, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMatt JonesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Ornamental and Consumer Horticulture Call Matt Email Matt N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Page Last Updated: 7 months ago
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