Linda Tyukos
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Rainwater harvesting system

What a wonderful way of creating beauty within your home, that not only serves as a wonderful rain water harvesting system, but a fabulous little eco-system in your back garden!

Run-off pond

More than pretty front-yard flower beds, rain gardens are designed to filter and divert rain runoff to keep waterways pollution-free.

Dig a hole in your garden area about the size and depth of a large coffee can (8 in. x 8 in. x 8 in.) and fill it with water. Time how long it takes for the water level to drop. If in one hour the water level has dropped by 1/2 in., you can figure the soil drains an inch in two hours. At this rate, the garden soil will handle 12 in. of water in a 24-hour period, making the ideal depth of this garden 12 in.

It's a beautiful flower bed—and a reservoir for yard and roof runoff. Nurture the land in your yard and protect the environment by channeling rain water and runoff from gutters into a rain garden planted with deep-rooted, colorful native plants.

How To Build Your Own Rain Garden

City of Austell, Georgia, raingarden with thickly planted grasses, tall sedum, Russian sage and a miz of annuals as primary feature

Dig a hole in your garden area about the size and depth of a large coffee can (8 in. x 8 in. x 8 in.) and fill it with water. Time how long it takes for the water level to drop. If in one hour the water level has dropped by 1/2 in., you can figure the soil drains an inch in two hours. At this rate, the garden soil will handle 12 in. of water in a 24-hour period, making the ideal depth of this garden 12 in.

It's a beautiful flower bed—and a reservoir for yard and roof runoff. Nurture the land in your yard and protect the environment by channeling rain water and runoff from gutters into a rain garden planted with deep-rooted, colorful native plants.

rain garden--sustainable landscaping

The NOOK Book (eBook) of the Rain Gardens: Sustainable Landscaping for a Beautiful Yard and a Healthy World (PagePerfect NOOK Book) by Lynn M.