Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?

Rain gardens are bowl-shaped gardens that take advantage of rainfall runoff by absorbing and filtering it. Rain gardens protect Puget Sound and prevent flooding by capturing runoff from roofs, roads and parking lots when it rains.

A Natural Filter

Rain gardens reduce polluted runoff while beautifying your yard. They are simple to install and feature well-draining soil and easy-to-maintain plants that slow and filter water from roofs or roads. Rain gardens help keep water clean all the way to the Puget Sound.

Rain Garden Benefits

-Can be shaped and sized to fit your yard 
-Constructed with soil mixes that allow water to soak in rapidly, treat runoff and support plant growth
-Can be landscaped with a variety of plants to fit the surroundings
-Beautify your neighborhood
-Prevent flooding
-Fight pollution

Click here to learn more about the specific benefits.

What Soil Do You Use?

Cedar Grove offers many different compost-based soils that you can use in your garden. For building a rain garden, we suggest using one or a combination of Cedar Grove Compost, Potting Soil, or Landscape Mulch. These soils can be purchased at local retailers or any Cedar Grove landscape yard.

Another good soil option for rain gardens is Cedar Grove's Bioretention Soil. This compost-based blend is offered in bulk at all Cedar Grove landscape yards, and during the month of October, we are offering 10% off all retail orders.


Rain Garden Resources

Soil options: http://cedar-grove.com/products/compost-top-soil-products

Stormwater filtration studies: http://www.washingtonnature.org/cities/solvingstormwater

Rain garden resource library: http://www.12000raingardens.org/resources/

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