Richland Soil and Water

rain garden

Rain gardens are created to take advantage of water run-off from rooftops and driveways by diverting it into a shallow depression that is planted with native plants and shrubs. These gardens capture and filter storm water before it flows into storm sewers, creeks and rivers. Native plants provide beauty to the landscape as well as food and shelter for local birds, butterflies and other animals. These gardens capture and filter storm water before it flows into storm sewers and into our creeks and rivers. Native plants provide beauty to the landscape as well as food and shelter for local birds, butterflies and other animals. 

Why Plant Rain Gardens? 

The news has been saturated (pun intended) with water-related headlines lately: last year, Toledo’s water was contaminated with toxic algae. Locally in central Ohio, we’ve experienced elevated nitrate levels and localized flooding from heavy rainfall and runoff. Though compacted and paved suburban or urban landscapes are limited in their ability to absorb rainfall, the creative gardeners among us can capture their rainwater in a rain garden. Treating your own home’s runoff is one way residents can protect our drinking water while decreasing harmful effects on waterways from flash flooding, erosion, and pollution. Storing water temporarily in a rain garden allows it to draw down slowly, preventing the possibility that it will pick up pollutants and carry them to the nearest stream. Water is naturally filtered as well: gardens remove and degrade contaminants through microbial processes, plant uptake, exposure to sunlight, and absorption to soil particles. Properly designed rain gardens capture the first inch of rainfall, and drain within a day. Since most storms produce less than one inch of rainfall, capturing it reduces pollutants significantly. Source: Franklin SWCD

Learn More About Native Plants

Watch this video about the benefits of Native Plants and our upcoming Native Plant Sale.

Learn how to make a Milkweed Seed Bomb.

If you want to attract birds to your feeders, watch this video with Gail Laux, Founder and Executive Director of the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.