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Photo: Rain Dog Designs, Gig Harbor, Washington
Rain Gardens: Easy-Care and Earth-Friendly
The first rain gardens I ever saw looked a little clunky and out of place — a landscaping afterthought in an otherwise well-designed yard. That was easily a decade ago, and since then modern rain garden design has made huge strides.
Today’s rain gardens form a green landscape that’s low maintenance and as beautiful as you want it to be. This beauty is more than skin deep, because rain gardens protect local waterways, groundwater supplies and city sewer systems by slowing storm runoff and filtering pollutants. Since rain gardens replace turf, they also can help homeowners save money on lawn care.
Wondering if a rain garden is right for you? Glean some in-the-know tips and check out a few rain garden designs from David Hymel and Marilyn Jacobs, owners of Rain Dog Designs in Gig Harbor, Washington.