Rain gardens

Rain gardens

This trending term in the environmental world, rain gardens provide a modern solution to a common problem: excess water.

No matter where you live, you will have seen this. When there’s a storm, a week of rain, when snow melts? There’s always a spot in your yard, your street or neighborhood where water puddles and takes much longer to dry out

There are reasons for this. Those areas are usually lower than the surrounding land and there are drainage issues. Buildings in the area contribute to the problem, as those surfaces that normally would absorb the water are paved and no longer take in water. That’s why water puddles in undeveloped ground nearby.

When this happens in your own yard, it poses a threat to the property. In extreme cases, when the ground is hyper-saturated, it can seep into foundations. It can also flood basements and low-lying properties.

The most elegant solution to this issue happens to be the most environmentally friendly one as well: building a rain garden.

Butterfly in a garden

Rain garden

Its technical name is an infiltration or retention garden. A rain garden uses several methods to drain water and retain it more efficiently. It’s a designed landscape that uses different layers of permeable subsoil that guide excess water in a specific direction.

On top of that rain-accumulation area and special layers of soil they plant a garden made of perennial flowers, shrubs and small tress. They use species that adapt well both to very humid and dry seasons; that way, they will need nothing except that excess rain water.

Added benefits

Rain gardens can fix a problem. However, they’re still gardens and they serve two additional purposes:

  • They’re habitats for local fauna, small rodents, birds and even pollinators.
  • They absorb and eradicate polluting elements brought on by water: trace metals, bacteria, oils and grease.
    Hummingbird in front of a flower

Highly recommended

The EPA recommends rain gardens to help drainage in public areas, and also to increase private property values. They also mention them as sustainable solutions that help neighborhoods adapt to several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

OAS FCU can help you

As you can see, rain gardens have physical, esthetic and environmental features that make them a very desirable solution in any property that may need one.

This is why, if you’re interested in installing a rain garden and need financing, remember our Green Loan. OAS FCU developed this special and every affordable loan precisely with this type of project in mind.

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