In the yard
Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.
-Marcelene Cox, Writer
Saving rainwater in the backyard, whether in a rainwater tank or rain garden, can help your garden to flourish and improve the health of your local waterways. A raingarden is like a regular garden, but positioned and planted to receive rain and stormwater from hard surfaces, such as a downpipe, paved area or road. Whatever the size of our home and budget, there is a range of raingardens to suit—from swales, bogs and ponds, to raised veggie beds and native planter boxes.
What can I do?
Take it one step at a time and have fun with a DIY project. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Visit a local street-level raingarden in your area for ideas
- Make the most of soggy areas in the yard by featuring a swale, bog or frog pond
- Research your landscape to get ideas of what kind of raingarden is best suited