Southeast Michigan has been experiencing a growing number of significant rainfalls, which has resulted in many affected by localized and regional flooding. While considering your landscaping plan for next year, integrating a rain garden, which is not only functional, but beautiful, is worth considering.

What is a Rain Garden?

Contrary to what the name implies, a rain garden in Michigan will be dry most of the time. It is not a water garden, pond, or wetland. Rain gardens are actually designed to hold water only during and immediately following a rainfall event.

Benefits:

  • Protection from flooding: First and foremost, rain gardens collect rainwater runoff, discouraging pooling around your home and flowing into basements and foundations.
  • Increased property value: Planted with native shrubs, grasses, and flowers, rain gardens are aesthetically pleasing. More homeowners are becoming interested in being environmentally responsible.
  • Lower pest population: As rain gardens drain within 12-48 hours, they prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.
  • Natural benefits: low maintenance, native vegetation that requires no fertilizer and attracts beneficial birds, butterflies, and insects.
  • Environmentally friendly: The collected water is filtered by vegetation and percolates through the soil layers, refilling groundwater aquifers, filtering out most pollutants.

Only so much water can be soaked up by standard landscaping. An expertly installed rain garden consisting of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers and is a beautiful, environmentally responsible addition to your yard.

If you’re interested in adding a rain garden or revamping your landscape, contact Serene Landscape Group!