Rain Gardens of West Michigan: Saving The Great Lakes One Garden at a Time

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Although this white paper focuses on rain gardens in West Michigan, the same basic principles are true regardless of your geographic location. A rain garden is a low spot or depression in your yard or near a downspout that can be used to collect run off from your roof or other areas in your yard. These gardens collect and filter rain water that would otherwise be lost to runoff. Planted with scrubs and deep rooted native plants, rain gardens are not only a beautiful addition to your landscape, but they also provide an important environmental benefit by reducing the amount of pollutants that run off into nearby waterways. Download to find more information on planning, planting, and maintaining a rain garden in your landscaping and start conserving water.

  • choosing a location
  • evaluating the soil
  • developing a design
  • site preperation
  • plant selection

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